A group of people who decorated a wood with magical fairy doors have vowed to keep making them despite vandals destroying and stealing dozens of their doors.
But the ‘fairies’ are undeterred by the actions of the cruel vandals who are damaging the little doors which began appearing from August last year in an enchanted wood between Kidlington and Begbroke.
Evil doers have vandalised and removed the doors twice over the past month and on Christmas Day.
The group behind the doors, Fairy Doors of Kidlington, told The Oxford Paper: “Some get damaged by over excited children and it is fully understandable. But broken purposefully or removed is extremely disappointing.”
More than 155 doors have been constructed but many have been broken or removed over time. There are in excess of 60-90 doors at any one time but the number is constantly changing, the fairies said.
It is thought more than 30 of the doors have been vandalised over the last month. Yet the fairies are refusing to let the vandals win.
“We’ll continue to put doors out and I’m sure many other people will continue to put doors out,” the fairies said.
“We always notice [the doors being] damaged or removed. We feel upset and disappointed that someone would damage something that does not harm and brings a lot of fun and enjoyment to children. We try to repair and put back up damaged doors. Doors reappearing is just the process of us and many other families now putting doors back out.
“A big thank to everyone who puts a door out. Every single one looks fantastic.”
As part of their resilience the fairies have threatened prosecution to those who vandalise the homes.
All the doors are individual and handmade and take around two hours each to make by a single person, with a little bit of help from people of all ages from two-year-olds to those in their 70s.
The fairies, who wish to remain anonymous, said: “Apart from spreading a bit of wonder and excitement for kids – of all ages – it’s fun, and the feedback we get from the majority of people is that they like it.
“It’s bright and we’ve noticed a large increase in families walking the pathway in a regular basis.”
Inspired by a visit to the Northern Irish mountain of Slieve Gullion, which had a fairy door walk, the designs have been placed high and low in the wood creating a sense of awe as visitors follow the path in Begbroke Lane, a walkway between Kidlington and Begbroke that starts at Roundham rail crossing in Kidlington.
And, despite the threat of vandals, the fairies will continue to sprinkle their joy for the kids.
They said: “Think of your own childhood and the wonderment and belief in many things.
“I like to think that even as adults we still have as much wonderment in just appreciating the child’s reaction to the doors.
“They are fun and the kids can take ownership by making and painting their own to put out.”
Posting on Facebook last month after dozens of doors were vandalised, the fairies said: “We will put new doors out. I also ask everyone to do the same. Let’s replace with more beautiful doors so the kids can continue to enjoy a magical walk.”