Redwood ‘fairy houses’ flourished

LETTERS: Once-delightful idea

Editor:

Re: Mystery in the woods, Sept. 9.

Editor:

Re: Mystery in the woods, Sept. 9.

I am writing about the picture on page 16 in Wednesday’s paper.

The birdhouses that you are referring to are supposedly fairy houses.

In days gone by, a devoted patron of the park placed a fairy door discreetly at the base of a tree.

Over the years, people had come to admire the fairy door and enjoyed looking for it because of its discreet placement. Indeed, over the years it became vandalized.

From this, the rage of fairy houses began.

These fairy houses are now being attached to the trees by nails, staples and 2½-inch screws. I have witnessed adults climb up the trees with cork boots and belt, put screws in live trees to hang their fairy houses beyond any height of what a child could reach or see.

By looking at one of the pictures I have provided (below), the grounds of Redwood Park are littered with falling-apart fairy houses, which takes away from the concept.

The “Mystery in the Woods” is no mystery; it is indeed ‘a fairy wonderland’ gone ‘fairy ghetto land.’

The once-delightful little fairy houses have now multiplied and dilapidated into a mass of debris.

Lisa Wells, Surrey

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