Who said there’s no such thing as the Fairy King? He’s alive and well at Rushmere Country Park where generous visitors supported a crowd-funding appeal to raise funds to buy the park’s latest addition – a large wooden sculpture of The Fairy King – so it can remain as a permanent fixture at the park.

Located outside the Herons’ View Visitor Centre, The Fairy King arrived at the park in November 2016, along with several woodland fairy sculptures which were displayed within the park forming a temporary Festive Fairy Trail enjoyed by many over the festive holiday period.

While the woodland fairies disappeared, the king remained and environmental charity The Greensand Trust, which runs the park, set out to raise the money to buy the sculpture, keeping it at the park for visitors to enjoy all year round.

Gill Welham, Chief Executive of The Greensand Trust, said: “We're delighted to announce that the King of the Fairies is safe following the generosity of our supporters who donated both on site and to the crowd-funding campaign to help us secure the Fairy King so he can remain in his spot at the start of our popular Sculpture Trail where he can keep an eye on the fairies living behind the fairy doors.

“We’re sure he will quickly become synonymous with the park, just like the Giant’s Chair.”

The trust raised around £2,000 to buy the sculpture which was offered at a substantial discount on the original price by the sculptor Ian Freemantle as his contribution to the campaign.

The Fairy King and the woodland fairy sculptures were all created by Stony Stratford-based woodland sculptor Ian Freemantle, who also created the park’s Giant’s Chair. Ian’s work has a style of its own with a vein of the mystical realm running through it. Using the natural contours and the strength of the grain, he brings individuality to each sculpture he produces. For more information on Ian and his distinctive work visit www.ian-freemantle.co.uk.