by Mike Isle
A touch of magic has descended on McHughs Forest, the 43-hectare recreational reserve on the edge of Darfield.
Blown-in by the nor-west wind, a magical community, has moved into the forest just in time for the school holidays.
From Friday, September 27, families can to step into the forest and explore the enchanted world with 20 magic doors hidden in the forest for children to find.
There is even whispered to be a dragon to find.
The Selwyn District Council has worked with the Darfield Menz Shed, which has generously put in many hours of effort to build and decorate the doors, community services staff member Kelsey Waghorn said.
“The idea for the doors had been used internationally and in other Canterbury districts, but with the creative genius of the men at Menz Shed it has been adapted to something special for Selwyn.
“It is a simple way to light up the holidays for parents and children, and it’s already been bringing a lot of fun,” Mrs Waghorn said.
To help the magical creatures feel welcome and stay, Mrs Waghorn said it is important that visitors respect their space and take only photographs and leave only footprints. For those who do take photographs, Darfield Library will print these for free to stick on a photo board in the library, with a copy to take home.
The magical community will also be stepping out of the forest to support a Faerie Party at Darfield Library on Friday, October 4, 10.30am–midday including dancing, face painting and a treasure hunt.