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Hundreds of fairy doors have appeared on trees in a UK woodland, forcing the local trust to counter the "profusion of elfin construction."

Wayford Woods in Somerset is now replete with miniature doors, which are believed to have been installed by locals so children can leave messages for the fairies.

Trustee Steven Acreman, speaking to the BBC, said: "We've got little doors everywhere. We're not anti-fairies but it's in danger of getting out of control."

The 9-acre woodlands was established as a charitable trust in the 90s, but it wasn't for another decade that fairies began to make it their home.

"[The first home] 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 Acreman.

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

At one point, with over 200 doors in the park, and even 10 on a single tree, it became known locally as the 'fairy park.'

With some a little too amateurly made, and others with garish, glittery designs, Acreman said that "quality control" was needed. 

"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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