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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Granddad creates fairy garden in west Cumbria

A grandfather's magical creation of a fairy village is proving popular with dozens of excited children.

Fairy garden photo
Katy Selim in the grotto

Jim Higgins decided to make the village near to his home on Moor Row cycle track, Whitehaven, after coming across an enclosed piece of land among the trees last week.

The 66-year-old recreated a scene which he made with his own children during a wet family holiday about 30 years ago.

The father-of-six and grandfather-of-two, began by placing a few pieces of “fairy furniture” on the ground and since then the fairytale has grown, with many visiting children bringing their own treasures.

“Last week I came across a lot of lovely trees,” Jim said. “When I cut all the brambles away, it was an idyllic fairy place.

“It reminded me of when my children were young, so I decided to make a fairy village. It’s great – I never thought it my wildest dreams it would be so popular.

“We get lots of children coming after school. At one time there can be 30 people there – the cycle track is getting grid-locked at times.”

Many of the youngsters visiting bring their own pieces of furniture and fairy lights and there is a gold washing line and table and chairs for the children to write letters to the fairies.

“One little girl has written a fairy menu,” said Jim. “And for the past five days another little girl has been waiting behind the door for her dad when he comes home, dressed in a tutu and with her hair in plaits, and before he can have his tea he’s dragged down to the fairy village.”

Jim has also gained himself two “fairy helpers”. Bob Stoker has created the Facebook page Fairyland which has more than 1,000 members already, and 72-year-old Paddy Traynor, has been trimming the brambles away from around the site.

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