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Roadside fairies light up Feilding faces

Joe McMenamin and daughter Beth with some of their creations on the wide street berm in Feilding.
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Fairies have invaded an extra wide street berm in Feilding, Manawatu, putting smiles on the faces of increasing numbers of walkers during the lockdown.

It was the idea of the McMenamin family who live nearby.

Joe McMenamin has a gallery and teaches art while his wife Sarah is the vicar at St John’s Anglican Church.

The couple have three children, Beth, Luke and Theo. Joe and artist daughter Beth, 8, made the first fairy village inhabitants for the Church Street berm which is next to the railway line.

They turned spare pieces of plywood into fairies, fairy houses, a church and even a McDonald’s and attached them to the bases of trees on the berm.

The McMenamin family put photos on-line which encouraged more people to look out the fairies.

St John’s Church inspired this scene.

The Feilding clock tower goes miniature.

McDonalds pop-up

So that’s where fairies live.

Soon locals placed their own creations under more trees and the village population continues to grow, complete with a notice reminding people not to touch because of the lockdown.

The next step was to use papier mache on the tops of balloons to create mushrooms for the village.

The plan is to expand the fairy village down the street towards the town centre, taking in about 30 trees.

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