Culture, Hampshire, Latest News, New Forest | Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2020 at 10:25 am | return to news

Fairy door designers at Furzey Gardens in Minstead get their wish

Young fairy door designers have seen their creations brought to life at Furzey Gardens in Minstead following an online competition to design new doors for the garden’s famous collection during lockdown.

Autumn Cross takes a little visitor to see her fairy door
Autumn Cross takes a little visitor to see her fairy door

Now six of the best have been created for real in the New Forest garden, and are on display before being positioned in their permanent locations.

The doors join more than 40 others hidden around the informal woodland garden, providing hours of fun for families trying to track them down.

The new doors and their designers are: Autumn Cross (3) with Autumn Forest Hide – a safe place for hedgehogs to hide; Finlay Guppy (6) with The Bug Vet, a vet’s practice for the bugs in the gardens; Evelyn Nicol (7) with Furzey Hospital, inspired by the NHS during the coronavirus crisis;  Jonah Rose (6) with Moonlight Night Flight – a rocket house; Meg Webb (10) with Tiny Treats Sweet Shop and  James Perrin with Fairy Tool Shed. James is one of several people with learning disabilities who work at Furzey Gardens to learn new skills.

“I like my door. It is for the hedgehogs to keep them safe as they are nocturnal,” said Autumn Cross. Evelyn Nicol added, “They have even copied my writing.” And Finlay Guppy’s mother, Nicola said, “It looks absolutely amazing and he was so proud. Thank you so much, he is incredibly happy. The display was brilliant as well, such a lovely idea. It was great to see all the other doors – so much time and effort had been put into them.”

Finlay Guppy gives his fairy door the thumbs up
Finlay Guppy gives his fairy door the thumbs up

It’s also straight-forward: simply request an approved FREEPOST bag from the Think Inks website: This will be sent to your address. Fill the bag with your empty cartridges (two to 10 cartridges are permitted in each bag) to recycle. The bag can be posted in any post box, for free. No direct contact with others is required.

NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal provides emergency funds for a variety of initiatives to help NHS staff, volunteers and patients. These include: well-being packs/gifts of refreshments/wash-kits; temporary accommodation; parking costs; volunteer expenses; food deliveries; electronic communication devices to help patients in isolation stay connected to their family and friends to assist during the current crisis.

Ellie Orton, chief executive of NHS Charities Together said, “We are truly impressed with the sheer volume of support we are receiving and this innovative Think Inks campaign, that not only helps those wonderful NHS staff and the volunteers working day and night to save lives at a time of critical importance for us all, but is also healthier for our planet.”

Evelyn Nicol at the door of her creation: Furzey Hospital
Evelyn Nicol at the door of her creation: Furzey Hospital

Please share post:

Follow us on

Mags4Dorset | Follow us on Facebook
Mags4Dorset | Follow us on Twitter

for the latest Dorset News from Mags4Dorset


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Post comment