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This past week I have been staying in Cornwall at the wonderful Coombe Mill Family Farm as I was on a professional learning stint, visiting various organisations and meeting lots of different people. The Fairy Garden is one of many examples which demonstrate why this place is amazing and not your average holiday accommodation.

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 There’s many ways to create a fairy world. As the Coombe Mill one shows, it does not have to be an expensive affair that involves buying lots of ornaments or to sparkle-blast an area to make it resemble a Disney theme park. It has been developed week-on-week by the children visiting the farm on their holidays. It is a positive legacy of their time here which other children can enjoy and then build upon.

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Scattered throughout the area there are many different objects and features. The painted stones are themed. Many have the tracks of animals which can be found on the farm. This is a gentle way of raising awareness and interest in the concept of tracks and that animals can be identified through their prints.

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The other stones all have quotes about fairies. They have been created by a local artist. In a school context, these could be used as a reflection tool and a part of a PHSE activity.

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Unwanted items have been repurposed attractively. It’s a positive message to send children, that such items can still have value and be used in different ways. I’m sure the fairies will be pleased to see the slinkies… after all, they are a lot of fun.

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Hoops that are past their traditional shelf life have been hung up decoratively. Soda bottles made into flowers by visiting children. CD’s have had a natural makeover and I now have another use for my old silver bubble seats as stars.

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As with many fairy gardens, a few other characters help fairies feel at home. I remember as a child, absolutely loving these sort of objects. I would have spent hours talking to these statues.

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Naturally, visiting children add their charms and creations to the fairy garden. All-in-all, it feels like a special and magical place. What would you and your children or class create?

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I’d love to hear about your own experiences of creating fairy gardens.

(Finally, the app used to create the photo mosaics is Moldiv and it’s quite simple to combine and edit multiple photos and does save on uploading lots to this website).

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Dawn Ewan October 23, 2014 at 15:19

Coombe Mill is now definitely on my go-to list for future holidays!


morag lonergan October 23, 2014 at 15:19

I love this. Lots of ideas!


MarkS October 23, 2014 at 15:22

Just had a quick read and Wanted to leave a comment (just to see if it works really!)
Looks like a beautiful place to be!!


Wendy Elsdon October 23, 2014 at 15:25

Fabulous ideas – can’t wait to try them!


Liz Moyes October 23, 2014 at 17:09

Very interesting post. You get to so many great places!


Alex October 23, 2014 at 17:31

Love fairy worlds created by children with space and time from believing adults!


Coombe Mill October 23, 2014 at 17:48

What a delight to read this post. I am so glad you used us as your working base while you were in Cornwall and took the time to find out about what we offer as a holiday in your free time. It was wonderful to meet you, you are full of inspiration and enthusiasm for all you do with outdoor learning. To write a whole post about something we don’t even mention on our website is amazing, you really do have an eye for spotting the little things that make a difference. Thank you so much.


Philip Waters October 24, 2014 at 14:24

Lovely idea, one for trying in the near future 🙂


Sarah Christie October 25, 2014 at 15:25

Ah it is so cute, I just love it x


Ickle Pickle October 25, 2014 at 20:43

Ooooh I have wanted to visit Coombe Mill for ages – even more so now to see this! I do believe in fairies #CountryKids x


LauraCYMFT October 26, 2014 at 10:41

It looks like such a fun fairy garden to explore!


Sonia Constant October 27, 2014 at 13:13

Great post. Love the fairy garden very much 🙂 x


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