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Fairy Control in Somerset

Post by Kitkat on Wed 04 Mar 2015, 13:17

'Fairy control' to halt tiny doors in Somerset woods

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-30687171  cheesy



"Fairy control" has had to be brought in at a woods in Somerset to curb the "profusion of elfin construction".

Hundreds of fairy doors have been attached to the bases of trees in Wayford Woods, Crewkerne.

It is claimed the doors have been installed by local people so children can "leave messages for the fairies".

But trustee Steven Acreman said: "We've got little doors everywhere. We're not anti-fairies but it's in danger of getting out of control."





Originally an extension of nearby Wayford Manor Gardens, the 29 acres of woodland boasts a stream, meadow and ornamental lake.

Set up as a charitable trust in the 1990s, it wasn't until the beginning of the millennium that the first fairy moved into the woods and installed a "little door" in the roots of a tree.

"It fitted perfectly, it had a little turned handle and inside was a bed. We didn't know who had done it but we left it there," said Mr Acreman.

"But then another door appeared and now it's gathered momentum."





At its peak a year ago, more than 200 little doors had been screwed, nailed and installed on trees, according to Mr Acreman.

And with little tokens, fairy toys and notes secreted behind some of the doors, it has rapidly become known as "the fairy woods".

"We've had as many as 10 doors put up on a single tree; they surrounded the tree," he said.

"We had a complete fairy fairground arrive, but we rejected that planning proposal."





With elfin construction now including "more and more garish" plywood doors with "lots of tinsel and glittery stuff", Mr Acreman said they have had to bring in "quality control" to remove the worst offenders.

"It's a very complex situation and nobody's admitting that they're evicting the fairies," he said.

"It's just that fairy control is required otherwise we'd be covered in fairy doors.

"We put a lot of time into the conservation of the woods. We're trying to keep people to the paths but the fairy doors are making it a free-for-all."



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Re: Fairy Control in Somerset

Post by Kitkat on Wed 04 Mar 2015, 13:24

and ..................

Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks



Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found.

From his desk at the Icelandic highways department in Reykjavik, Petur Matthiasson smiles at me warmly from behind his glasses, but firmly.

"Let's get this straight before we start - I do not believe in elves," he says.

I raise my eyebrows slightly and incline my head towards his computer screen which is displaying the plans for a new road in a neighbouring town. There are two yellow circles marked on the plans, one that reads Elf Church and another that reads Elf Chapel. Petur sighs.

"Ok," he acknowledges wearily. "But it's not every day in Iceland that we divert roads for elves. It's just in this case we were warned that elves were living in some of the rocks in the path of the road - well, we have to respect that belief." He grins shyly and picks up his car keys.

"Come on, I'll show you where the elves live," he says indulgently.

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Re: Fairy Control in Somerset

Post by Whiskers on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 13:18

So cute those little "fairy doors".  Wayford Woods must be a great place to take the kids for a walk.  Very Happy
I can see why they drew the line at the fairy playground though. surprised
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Re: Fairy Control in Somerset

Post by Stardust on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 13:55

I'd be indulgent with maximum 5 or 6 little wooden doors spread throughout the woods, but one tree has ten doors all round the trunk and there are over 200 doors in Wayford Woods alone. It's absurd.

Disturbing wildlife and their habitat is not what we should be teaching our children, they need to learn how to respect nature.

Some of those in the photos look garish to say the least. I'm sure children love them but there needs to be a limit, otherwise instead of looking pretty it just looks gross.


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Re: Fairy Control in Somerset

Post by Kitkat on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 19:02

Still on the subject of "Fairies" .....

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