Fascinated, we did a bit of research and apparently there are old felled tree trunks all over the UK sporting the same thing, where passers-by have hammered coins into them using a handy rock or stone, as a wish for good fortune.
The tradition of making offerings to spirits/deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but we could not find any information on how or where this version of it started. The best we could come up with was a report of a felled tree in Scotland with a florin dating from the 1700s in it.
It also seem related to throwing coins into a pond for good luck.
Does anyone know any more about it, do you have any pictures of a similar tree trunk near to you, or that you have photographed on your travels?
The pictures here are of a tree in Bolton Abbey grounds (Yorkshire,) which, obviously, now contains a couple of coins from us!
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Daily Mail Article 13 Sept 2011