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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:48am

A purple door sits in ivy at the base of a tree trunk next to a forest path

A touch of magic has descended on McHughs Forest Park.

Blown in by the nor’west wind, a magical community has moved into the forest near Darfield just in time for the school holidays.

From Friday 27 September families can find 20 magic doors hidden in the forest. Look out for the signs and see if you can spot the dragon sleeping.

The magical community will also be visiting Darfield Library to support a magical storytime on 27 September at 3.30pm and a Faerie Party on Friday 4 October, 10.30am–12pm, including dancing, face painting, and a treasure hunt.

The idea for the doors had been used internationally and in other Canterbury districts, but with the creative genius of the men at Darfield Menz Shed, which built and decorated the doors, it has been adapted to something special for Selwyn, Community Services staff member Kelsey Waghorn says.

“They bring a bit of joy in a different way and give people another reason to visit one of the many really cool outdoors spots that Selwyn has to offer.”

To help the magical creatures feel welcome it is important visitors respect their space and take only photographs and leave only footprints.

If you do take photographs Darfield Library will print these for free, to display in the library and a copy to take home.