What sort of a troll would smash a fairy­tale vil­lage?

Sad­ness at sec­ond at­tack on en­chant­ing gar­den made for free

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAG­I­CAL fairy gar­den en­joyed by chil­dren in Ruis­lip and cre­ated for free by a de­voted res­i­dent, has been com­pletely de­stroyed by van­dals.

The Ruis­lip Fairy Vil­lage, which has its own Facebook page, is the brain­child of El­lie Travis, who painstak­ingly crafts and paints her cre­ation, lo­cated just out­side Ruis­lip woods, for hours, so the com­mu­nity can en­joy it.

Van­dals had strewn the con­tents of the vil­lage into the nearby River Pinn on Satur­day May 7, much to the dis­may of the daily passers-by.

One dog walker said: “I’m so sad to see it go. It makes all the kids in the area smile.”

Ms Travis was ‘in shock’ when she found the state of the vil­lage.

She said: “It was com­pletely de­stroyed.

“There were things in the river and all over the place. A sign that took me like four hours to paint is miss­ing. It’s so sad – it’s aw­ful for me as I put a lot of work into what I do, but for the chil­dren to come across it, I can’t imag­ine how up­set­ting it would be.”

Ms Travis was the se­cret cre­ator of the dis­play set up in De­cem­ber last year, and would an­swer let­ters left by chil­dren as the ‘Ruis­lip Fairy’, un­til she had to out her­self when the vil­lage was first van­dalised in Fe­bru­ary.

De­spite this set­back, the 45-year-old, who is un­able to work due to fi­bromyal­gia, chon­dri­tis, and chronic fa­tigue, re­built the vil­lage and in­vited lo­cal chil­dren to en­joy an Easter egg hunt in the woods.

She said: “Af­ter I did the re-in­stal­la­tion and the egg hunt as a cel­e­bra­tion – I was ex­hausted from it for weeks af­ter but this is just really what make me happy. It’s a lovely com­mu­nity place.

“I feel like I’m earn­ing my ben­e­fits this way and there’s lots of rea­sons why I do it – I know when peo­ple see my work I mat­tered to some­one on that day.

“It’s full of won­der and magic and it’s just for ev­ery­one to en­joy so it’s heart­break­ing when peo­ple de­stroy it.”

The van­dal­ism is thought to have oc­curred be­tween 10am and 12pm on Satur­day. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 29921.

n THE RUIS­LIP FAIRY: El­lie Travis cre­ated the fairy vil­lage, which has been de­stroyed by van­dals for the sec­ond time this year

n PAINSTAK­ING WORK: El­lie Travis put hours of work into cre­at­ing the fairy­land near Ruis­lip Woods

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