Plea to solve Welsh beach 'coin tree' mystery

Pat Rees examines coins in tree branch on beach near Blackpill, Swansea Image copyright Rowli Rees
Image caption The 'wishing tree' has appeared on a Mumbles beach

A couple have asked for help to solve the mystery of how a coin-studded tree trunk appeared on a south Wales beach.

The length of a trunk is covered in battered British coins, all wedged into the wood.

It was spotted by Rowli and Pat Rees during a walk in Mumbles, Swansea, near Blackpill.

There is speculation the trunk could be part of a centuries-old tradition of 'wishing trees' - where coins are driven into a tree to bring good luck.

The practice has been recorded all over the British Isles for hundreds of years - from the Irish Republic to the Scottish Highlands.

Image copyright Rowli Rees

Rowli Rees said: "It's been battered and it is really a bit of driftwood. My only thought is it's been brought down by a river, maybe?"

The last noted coin-tree to appear in Wales was at Portmeirion in Snowdonia, where a fallen tree and several trunks were studded with two-pence pieces .

But Mr Rees is not convinced: " It looks like an art installation or something because these coins are bent."

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