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Enchanted Somerset forest takes action as 'fairy doors' become 'out of control'

One of the fairy doors inside Wayford Woods. Photo: SWNS

Wayford Woods in Crewkerne, Somerset, have issued an appeal to fairy house builders to tone it down, after more than a 100 fairy doors appeared.

The woods, now known as the 'Fairy Woods', have been delighting children for the past few years, after the first little door appeared at the bottom of a tree.

Families have flocked to the enchanted woods to see the doors of the homes of the fairies and leave little messages but there are now concerns about the damage to the woodland area these human visitors are creating.

A group of volunteer trustees is appealing for people not to screw any more doors directly to trees and to avoid over-decorating. Trustee Steve Acremen told the BBC:

We’re not anti-fairy. But we’ve got little doors everywhere. It’s in danger of getting out of control.

– Steve Acreman, Trustee
There are concerns the little doors will damage the trees. Credit: SWNS

His wife Gillian told the Independent not everyone is happy to see the fairy doors - particularly those decorated with tacky pink tinsel. The mess created by the notes left by children to the fairies was also of concern, she said.

It was about four years ago. The little wooden door had a little handle, and a little window. You could easily walk past it without noticing. It wasn’t a problem. Then a second door appeared.

Last year an entire fairy playground appeared at the bottom of the woods, complete with 2ft slides and swings. 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. We’re called ‘Fairy Woods’ now. Some older people, used to walking round the woods when they were untouched, have complained.

– Gillian Acreman
Hundreds of little doors have sprung up. Credit: SWNS

Fellow Trustee Andrew Hutchings stressed that fairies and interested families are still very welcome to visit, but urged the visitors to tread lightly, and consider how the shy creatures would react to their garish doors.

We don’t want to ruin the wood’s character. Please remember that fairies are shy. They don’t want a door that can be seen from 100ft away.

– Andrew Hutchings

He also said the builders of the doors remain a mystery.