The Tiny Feet Fairy garden was opened in Masseytown, Macroom on the 1st September 2018. It was set up by Macroom Tidy Towns with the support of Cork County Council. The garden is situated on an acre of ground beside the River Sullane and is lovingly tended by volunteers which in turn makes it such a pleasure to visit. The local Men’s Shed has also been instrumental in making items for the garden and in all, the Tiny Feet Fairy garden is a great testament to community spirit.
The garden has been described as a ‘hidden gem, it brings joy to visitors of all ages.’ There are numerous things to see – fairy’s washing lines, their houses, homes and artwork is on display and at all levels – low, medium and high up and so it encourages children and their families to look everywhere. It is the kind of garden where ‘the more time you spend there, the more you see – which makes it a lovely place to revisit on numerous occasions.
Not only is the garden a playground for the imagination, but it is educational too, as fruit trees and various plants are all labelled which allows children to learn as they play. The garden has sustainability at its heart and uses recycled materials and products wherever possible. There are also benches made from recycled plastic dotted around the park giving plenty of places for rest and reflection for people of all ages.
At the moment, the garden is out of our 5km travel zone so like many families, we are unable to visit, but everyone can still get involved and support the garden by getting their hands on one of the gorgeous metallic Fairy Garden coins. The coins are sponsored by Kentucky based Patrick W O’Leary, who sends the coins to the committee running the garden. The idea is that all the proceeds from the sale of the coins goes towards the maintenance, upkeep and development of the garden. This year Patrick sent 75 coins and they are available for sale for €5 euro each which makes them a beautiful, affordable, token of support for the garden. To get your hands on a coin, simply make contact Tiny Feet Fairy Garden on Facebook. Post and packaging is an additional €1 and the coin is a lovely surprise to receive in the post. Its arrival really brightened our day and made us look forward to visiting the garden when the restrictions are lifted – to be able to sit on a toadstool in the sun and have a picnic sounds like a blissful way to spend a day.
The garden is open 7 days a week and entry is free although there is a donation box and contributions are always welcome. For more information follow their page on Facebook at Tiny Feet Fairy Garden.