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According to the BBC website, 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.” READ MORE HERE

FAE’s Editor in Chief, Karen Kay, will be talking live on BBC Local Radio throughout the UK to Mark Forrest about Fairy Doors and why they are so important.

Karen says “As long as the doors are created from natural and biodegradable materials, I believe it is a beautiful thing to do, plus it gives hope to the youngsters, and older ones too!”

Our friends over at the Fairyland Trust say they do not want to discourage making Fairy Houses, “indeed we do it at the Fairy Fair and other events but agree that a balance needs to be struck to make the developments sustainable, and not damaging to the woods.”

They have issued these Fairy Planning Guidelines regarding the installation of Fairy Doors:

1. Avoid using plastic and metal in any Fairy construction, including silver foil, or any non water-based paints.  Fairies do not appreciate these artificial materials.  Instead try to use natural materials which can be nibbled by creatures like Wood Mice, and in the end, grown on by mushrooms and toadstools.  Untreated wood, twigs, hessian, and natural string (eg jute twine) are all good.

2. Magical creatures know that humans provide slides and chairs and other garden furniture with good intentions (at the Fairy Fair we’ve noticed some fairy jacuzzis) but we don’t really use them.  We bathe in Fairy Basins for example (also known as buttercups) and like to sleep on banks of moss and in Cowslip Bells, and shelter from the rain in Wood Sorrel blossoms  – so please leave those for us.  A few snail shells are good as garden ornaments, as are acorn cups, beech-mast and other tree seeds.

3. We noticed that Wayford Wood is an Ancient Woodland, the very best type for Fairies.  It also has lots of lovely Bluebells.  Please never ever trample on these (keep to the paths).  Not only do they look beautiful and smell fantastic but they are vital Fairy equipment. You may have read of folklore that says Fairies ring the Bluebells at midnight to call one another to their revels (parties).  As parties are important, we’d appreciate protecting the Bluebells.  We are unlikely to use any doorways where Bluebells have been squished.
4. Don’t use cement, nails or screws to fix doors to trees.  The trees don’t like it.

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