Typically, when someone wants to make a wish, they might go looking for some birthday candles or perhaps toss a penny into a waiting fountain.
In certain areas of Great Britain, however, you might be inclined to look somewhere else entirely to make a wish. Heading into the woods near the Peak District near Liverpool or the Scottish Highlands might be a good start.
There you’ll find some very strange pieces of flora that might just make your dream come true. And they’ve been there for hundreds of years…
Deep in the wilderness in Great Britain, anyone looking to make a wish might be lucky enough to stumble across one of these. The special thing about these strange trees, however, is what is covering nearly every inch of their bark.
“We had no idea why it was being done when we first noticed the tree trunk was being filled with coins,” explains Muerig Jones, a man who discovered one of the trees in 2011 and went looking for an explanation. “I did some detective work and discovered that trees were sometimes used as ‘wishing trees.'”
These wishing trees are treated in a similar way to a love lock left on a bridge, or a coin tossed into a wishing well. Those looking for good luck will use a brick to hammer a coin into the tree, then they hope their wish comes true.
The tradition, as it turns out, dates all the way back to the 1700s. When it first began, the most common wish was for an illness to be cured. The belief also goes that, if you were to remove someone else’s coin, you would be cursed with their illness.
“We haven’t publicized it at all, it’s just happened,” Muerig explains. “It’s quite amazing really.” The appeal of these bizarre trees is obvious, between their striking appearance and their promise of granted wishes.
The coin wishing trees seem to possess a sort of supernatural or pagan feel to them. Anyone ready to plan a trip to see one? We already have our wishes—and coins—ready!
How cool-looking are these wishing trees? Maybe this is a tradition that you could start somewhere near you! DIY wishing trees sound pretty neat, right?
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