Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Money tree

We enjoyed some fabulous walks in the Lake District on holiday last week.  Beautiful views, great weather (most of the time) and lots of fresh air!

On our first day we visited the National Trust owned Aira Force beside Ullswater.  There's an easy walk up to this beautiful waterfall.

As we walked back to the car park, the kids spotted this felled tree.  Of course, kids being kids, it was like a magnet to them and it absolutely had to be walked along!

Now take a closer look at it...

and closer still...

I've never come across anything like this before.  There were so many coins really firmly jammed in that I assumed it had been done as an art project, but later in the week on another walk, we came across a fallen tree with a few coins jammed into its trunk.

Maybe this happens a lot?  Do people go for walks with a handful of change and a hammer?  Can anyone shed any light on it? 

Whatever the reason, it is well worth the walk to see it!

Whilst we were there I took a 'day off' from our holiday to visit the British Crafts Trade Fair in Harrogate.  It is the best trade fair by far for shops like mine.  Everything is handmade and everything is British, which is what Starfish Studio is all about :)


  1. where was this Kate? we went somewhere before and several of the trees were like this!

  2. have been there, but not with the kids!! My feeling is we saw one at the Forest of Dean but not sure!

  3. We've been to Aira Force...beautiful.
    There's another money tree by High Force in Teesdale...another majestic waterfall
    Ali ;-)

  4. Have they been put in after the tree has fallen or has the bark grown around them?

  5. The tree had been felled, and the stump also had coins pushed into it. I read the other day that this practice is really harmful to live trees as the copper poisons them.

  6. We saw the same money tree in Ullswater, it's the 1st time we've ever seen one. How about we start one in our little forrest?

  7. It's a wish tree, supposed to possess a special religious or spiritual value. Each coin represents a wish or just asking for good luck, bit like a wishing well.
    Some pubs now also have coins in their beams for luck. Jo & Barry

  8. We were thinking that Johnshaven should have a money boat instead of a tree. There are a couple of small, scruffy, ownerless (as far as I understand) boats at the far end of the harbour - one of those upturned would be great with coins hammered into it :)


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