An Irish company is ‘winging in’ to help save Somerset fairies from homelessness after authorities have had to implement ‘fairy control’ to protect woodland in the county.
Wayford Woods trustee Steven Acreman is curbing the practice of children putting doors at the bases of trees on the 29 acres to leave messages for fairies.
He claims about 200 doors have been installed and that one tree had up to ten at its foot saying that some will have to be removed.
“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.”
Director of The Irish Fairy Door Company Niamh Sherwin Barry has confirmed they are expanding into the UK after receiving an overwhelming amount of concerned letters from parents and children.
“Removing fairy doors from the woods needlessly casts fairies out of their homes, whilst also spoiling the magic and belief for those who visit them to leave gifts or letters,” she said.
“We have already housed a number of fairies in the UK, mainly within the family home, but we’re aware that many in the fairy community favour the great outdoors. These woodland fairies prefer a home amongst the trees.”
See www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com for more information and products.