Parents have been urged to supervise their children after a number of fairy’s homes were damaged at a north-east park.
Aden Country Park Fairy Woods are popular with adults and children and are dotted with homes and buildings belonging to the mythical creatures.
Now, however, visitors have been asked to treat the exhibits with more respect after several were damaged last week.
The police house, church and school all had to be removed from the trail for them to be repaired.
A spokeswoman for the makers of the Fairy Woods trail stressed they don’t believe the damage was done on purpose, but instead by children who don’t know any better.
She said: “We put some Perspex glass on the exhibits because children kept putting their hands in them and breaking parts.
“Perspex glass has been damaged on three of the exhibits and they have had to be removed.
“We think it might have been children.
“We just want people to be aware when they are taking their children to visit the Fairy Woods to please supervise them and not leave them to run around. We think this is when the damage is occurring.
“It isn’t anything major but it can be really annoying for us as we spend a lot of time making these items.”
The spokeswoman added: “Most people when they are walking with their children will tell them they can look and not touch.
“We think some are being left to run around and we are asking people to please keep an eye on them.
“It can be disheartening to us who make these exhibits for them to be broken.”
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Dog owners have also been urged to pick up after their animals after a number of incidents.
The spokeswoman said: “I’m forever picking up other people’s dog mess.
“We are asking people if they can keep their dogs on their leads while they are in the Fairy Woods.
“We did have an incident recently where someone had complained to us about a dog running amok.”