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'Fairy doors' out of control in Wayford Woods

March 5, 2015 | Comment icon 14 comments

The woods have become a popular visitor attraction. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Sharon Loxton
An appeal has been launched asking visitors not to screw small wooden doors in to the bottom of trees.
The unusual practice, which has now become so widespread that it is causing something of a nuisance, started when an anonymous visitor built a tiny wooden door complete with a small window in to the base of a tree in the Wayford Woods, Somerset.

Other people soon started to follow suit with their own creations and before long the doors were everywhere. While popular with visitors, concerns have been raised due to the sheer number of them and because some exhibit unappealing, gaudy designs.
In order to try and get the phenomenon under control a group of volunteers has now issued an appeal to ask that visitors avoid screwing doors directly in to the bottom of trees and to tone down the level of decoration because fairies "donít want a door that can be seen from 100ft away."

"Last year an entire fairy playground appeared at the bottom of the woods, complete with 2ft slides and swings," said Gillian Acremen. "Some doors are far from the paths, so when children go to see them, the bluebells get trampled. It has just gone mad on the Internet."

Even to this day however the person who started the craze remains a total mystery.

Source: ITV News | Comments (14)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti 8 years ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin 8 years ago
The goblin king will have something to say about this!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
Pity people can't enjoy nature as it is, but if you must insist on doing this how about a drop or two of polyurethane glue, which after a few years will harmlessly fall off the tree when the bark sheds. I have in the past put screws into trees to allow air plants to be attached and always made sure they were stainless steel, which should cause no harm to the tree. That was before the glue was invented, now I would probably try that instead.
Comment icon #8 Posted by joc 8 years ago
Damn it! I worked so hard on my little Elf Door...I was planning this vacation just to install the little door. Damn it! People just are always ruining my plans. I hate people! Stupid elves probably wouldn't use it anyway! *pouts in corner, stomps right foot*
Comment icon #9 Posted by Purplos 8 years ago
I'm a great fan of putting weird stuff around the world to give others a smile, but.. These are great as long as they're non-toxic, biodegradable etc. Some looked like they had plastic junk behind them? A pacifier etc? I'm not a fan of putting plastic junk inside a tree or in the woods.
Comment icon #10 Posted by maximusnow 8 years ago
I was working on a water park, to reduce teen fairy violence! What goes on in the forest, stays in the forest!
Comment icon #11 Posted by GreenmansGod 8 years ago
Leave not but foot prints. Fairies are magical beings, they don't need doors. They will get testy if you leave a mess in their forest and they will go to your house and hide things. You will end up with a whole drawer of odd socks.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Yeah, this is cute for sure, and apparently no ill-intent. But it seems as though it's getting "out-of-hand" with some doors and trinkets being of shoddy quality, with that section of the forest eventually becoming a wasteland of decayed, fallen doors and trinkets as the years and weather goes by. To help address this issue, the Grand Fairy Council is seeking fairy maintenance workers. Only fairies can apply. If you know of a fairy in need of work, please direct them to the GFC website to apply. EDIT: BTW, it could take only one child(or adult or pet) to haplessly walk on a leaf covered fallen... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by moon tide 8 years ago
No harms being done really, and the children are enjoying the magic of the enchanted forest. Go ahead - it's cool by me.
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
I think I agree with pallidin, but the "Like" button doesn't work for some reason. Hmmm.................

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