Proof that Money Does Grow on Trees

If you go down to the woods today you might find more than you bargained for sprouting out of old tree trunks and branches.  An old  good luck tradition from centuries ago provides plenty of opportunities for fun on a family walk.

Proof that Money Does Grow on Trees

Going way back to the 1700s, superstition told that anyone who was was unwell could rid themselves of their illness once they had hammered a coin into a tree, known as a wish tree.  But beware anyone coming along to take the it was believed that they would then become ill.

In Scotland there there is a more romantic tale around a kissing tree.  If a young beau could drive a nail into a tree with one blow, he earned a kiss from his beloved.

For any budding numismatists, there is apparently a wishing tree somewhere in Scotland with a florin lodged into the bark.

coins in a tree trunk

Top 10 Places to Find Money Trees

There are some great places across the UK where you can find some wishing trees. These fascinating spectacles often have coins from centuries ago buried deep in their bark and warped by the passage of time making some wonderful natural/manmade sculptures.

Here is our Top 10:

Ingleton waterfall
  • Janet's Foss waterfall - Malham
  • Wharfdale - Bolton Abbey
  • Aira Force waterfall - Lake District
  • Ingleton Waterfalls - North Yorkshire
  • Port Merion - North Wales
  • Dovedale - Derbyshire
  • Burbage Brook (Fox House) - Derbyshire
  • Coniston - Lake District
  • George Walk - Lynmouth and Lynton
  • Black Fell and Tarn - The Lake District

Next Time You're Out and About

Get your Little Trekkers to count the coins in a wishing tree or see who can find the oldest coin.

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