These Mystical Money Trees Hold the Unspoken Wishes and Dreams of Strangers

It looks like money truly does grow on trees! Well, not really, but this is probably the closest you’ll ever get to seeing that expression being discredited.

We had no idea such a place existed.

In several wooded areas throughout the United Kingdom, people have been stopping to hammer coins into the trunks and branches of trees for decades — maybe even centuries.

Like a modern day wishing well, these trees appear to hold the unspoken wishes and dreams of strangers.

Allegedly, there isn’t a single example of this kind of practice done anywhere else in the world. Although, according to this article¬†by the BBC, the practice could date all the way back to the early 1700s, when people in Scotland would stick gold florins into trees hoping nature would banish their illnesses. Similarly, if people were to steal the coins, they would in turn become sick.

See more photos of money trees over on this Flicker page.