The Money Tree

_DS83500_WP‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’ is a well-known phrase. Probably we’ve all used it – most likely to a child who has yet to understand that there isn’t a never-ending supply of money to buy whatever they would like.

_DS83502_WPThis tree suggests that just occasionally money really does grow on trees. This is a fallen tree at Aira Force, a popular tourist destination in the Lake District. I have no idea for how long visitors have been hammering coins into this trunk with a readily available piece of rock, but once the craze catches on it’s hard to pass this spot without searching one’s pockets to find a coin to add to the monetary value of the tree.


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15 Responses to The Money Tree

  1. shoreacres says:

    This is ever so much more interesting than the coin-in-the-fountain tradition. For one thing, it obviously takes some effort. All of those bent coins and damaged edges make that clear.

    I’m always curious how something like this begins. I think more often than not, it’s sheer impulse. I used to prowl a property in our hill country. One day, I found a rock with a hole in it, and for no good reason, hung it on a tree branch. A few years later, the property had quite a few rocks just hanging around. Who knows how long people will be seeing them and thinking, “What is this?


    • LensScaper says:

      It takes some effort certainly and in contrast to the coin-in-the-fountain version some cheeky chappie can’t wait til midnight and clean up all the coins for pocket money – all those hammered into the tree are beyond recycling as legitimate currency. I need to think of a tgrend that I can set in motion, I think!


  2. I can think of several other money trees, one being on the PyG Track up Snowdon – it seems to become compulsive once someone starts the ball roling.


  3. lucywilliamspoetry says:

    I have a photo of this tree to!


    • LensScaper says:

      A popular site clearly, Lucy. It took three circles of the car park before we found somewhere to park. For once I wished it had rained a bit more in the previous week or two (what was I thinking, it threw it down the following day in typical Lake District fashion – be careful what you wish for!).

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  4. Lisa Gordon says:

    This is so unique!
    I love it.


  5. Len says:

    That is quite interesting and unusual Andy.


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