A picturesque town with more than 900 Grade II listed houses and public buildings, Port Sunlight was founded in 1888 by the industrialist William Lever as a self-contained community for his soap factory workers.
The village today is an immaculately preserved example of early town planning. A prototypical garden city, Port Sunlight’s manicured gardens and parklands offer abundant green space for the village’s residents and visitors, while cultural institutions like the Lady Lever Art Gallery and The Gladstone Theatre provide access to the arts.
With just 2,000 residents, Port Sunlight is home to a small but thriving community
Having three girls to keep entertained during lockdown, we often would go on lots of walks. We spotted a little fairy tree in Eastham and decided it would be cute to do one of our own in Port Sunlight, choosing the Dell as it’s our favourite place.
We made little fairy items, added painted stones, trinkets and signs around our favourite tree. More people came and added little gifts, notes for the fairies and homemade craft items. It just got bigger and more popular as more people came. We moved from the tree to a little designated area and re-named the fairy tree into Dingely Dell. We made houses from tree stumps, wooden reels were made into toadstools and lots of hanging ornaments, dreamcatchers and fairies in the trees.
It just became more and more magical as every time we went more items had been added by local families. We set up a Facebook page for The Dingely Dell Fairies so people could post pictures when they visited. It meant so much to us as a family that it brought some happiness during the worrying times we found ourselves in.