Who created tree of hope shrouded in mystery?


Neil Bellis

MYSTERY is surrounding the sudden appearance of a wishing tree that is being filled with heartfelt messages in a Chester suburb.

The tree, on the corner of Heath Lane and Beckett’s Lane, in Boughton, has been covered in wishes people have written on small luggage tags and attached via a loose string mesh which covers it.

There is no indication of who began doing this at the site, with just a small notice placed asking people to add their wish to the tree by finding a free tag and writing on it.

The site is close to Boughton Heath Primary School, but when the Leader contacted the headteacher, Steve Ellis, to ask if it was an end-of-term project by one of the classes, he said he was unaware of the tree.

It has a range of different messages written on it, including the emotive “I wish I could cope better with my depression”; “Dad, I really wish you were here with me”; and “hope Dad doesn’t suffer too long”.

There was also the slightly more trivial “I wish for Assasin’s Creed V and a Harley Davidson and Aston Martin”, as well as a message conveying how the writer wishes items such as leaves, trees, bikes, people and buildings “were multi-coloured”.

Other messages include the hopeful “to have twins” and “I wish I had a pet owl”, as well as the pedantic “I wish people would learn to spell”.

There seems to be a wide range of messages on the tree written by different age groups, but most ask for their family to be safe and happy.

The tree appears to have been covered in wishes for a few days but only came to wider attention after a picture was shared on social media.

A number of people took to twitter to voice their opinion of the tree, with Die Booth calling it “wonderful” and Kate Northcote writing: “Love this, must make a wish soon.”

Wishing trees are common across the world and see people stick a coin to a tree or tie a ribbon to it in the hope their wish will come true.

They have also been used in art exhibitions by Yoko Ono.

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