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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 39, September 18, 2011, Article 19

WISHING TREES: TRUNKS STUDDED WITH COINS FOR LUCK

Stephen Pradier forwarded this interesting article from The Daily Mail about tree trunks people have studded with coins. -Editor

Wishing tree1

They say money doesn't grow on trees. But it certainly appears to do so on the mysterious coin-studded trunks dotted around the UK's woodland.

The strange phenomenon of gnarled old trees with coins embedded all over their bark has been spotted on trails from the Peak District to the Scottish Highlands.

The coins are usually knocked into felled tree trunks using stones by passers-by, who hope it will bring them good fortune.

Wishing tree2 These fascinating spectacles often have coins from centuries ago buried deep in their bark and warped by the passage of time.

The tradition of making offerings to deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds of years, but this combination of the man-made and the natural is far more rare.

The act is reminiscent of tossing money into ponds for good luck, or the trend for couples to attach 'love padlocks' to bridges and fences to symbolise lasting romance.

Some pubs, such as the Punch Bowl in Askham, Cumbria, have old beams with splits in them into which coins are forced for luck.

There are seven felled tree trunks with coins pushed into them in the picturesque village of Portmeirion, in Wales.

Meurig Jones, an estate manager at the tourist destination, told the BBC: 'We had no idea why it was being done when we first noticed the tree trunk was being filled with coins.

'I did some detective work and discovered that trees were sometimes used as "wishing trees"

'In Britain it dates back to the 1700s - there is one tree in Scotland somewhere which apparently has a florin stuck into it.'

He said that a sick person could press a coin into a tree and their illness would go away.

'If someone then takes the coin out though, it's said they then become ill.'

Have any of our readers seen or pushed a coin into one of these wishing trees? Interesting. -Editor

To read the complete article, see: Who says money doesn't grow on trees? Coins mysteriously appear in trunks up and down the country (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036581/Mystery-wishing
-trees-studded-coins-illness-away-sick.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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