Vandals destroy fairy houses along York’s much-loved family path

The magical and much-loved Foss Fairy Trail in York has been badly damaged by vandals.

Created during the first pandemic lockdown by Tracy Ostle, the trail consists of a charming assortment of wooden fairy houses, shops, the Green Elf pub, post office and more.

Families love exploring the trail at Heworth. But now vandals have struck and destroyed many of the exhibits.

The damage occurred on Sunday March 20 between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. when fairy houses along the trail were destroyed.

A memorial bench placed on the trail was also completely vandalized and will need to be replaced.

Tracy, who created the trail, said:

I’m sad for those who have to do this, they can’t enjoy life!

The trail is becoming increasingly popular for all age groups. The minority that chooses to try to destroy it affects the community.

I don’t like to see damage there as it will have a negative impact. What we’re trying to do is bring back some positivity after all the tough times we’re having and going through.

A little joy for free!

Police are appealing for information about the damage and are asking any witnesses to get in touch.

It’s not the first time fairy houses have been vandalized, but it’s the most destructive attack to date.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police – see details below.

Meanwhile, Tracy added: ‘We’re having a scavenger hunt from noon to 2pm on Sunday April 17th so hopefully there won’t be too much damage to deal with by then.’

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