Sometimes it’s good to get out of the city and take a stroll in the country. This is especially true when you come across an oddity like the fallen tree trunks on the Bolton Abby trail. They have been covered with coins hammered into their bark and then bent over. The theory is that they are ‘wishing trees’ similar in concept to a wishing well.
There are a number of them at this site and there are reports of other examples throughout Yorkshire and some in Scotland. From a practical point of view the process ensures that the coins remain in place and over the years this has created a very interesting aesthetic. The coins follow the original grain pattern of the wood creating a piece of accidental art. Perhaps it could be entitled ‘Serendipity’.