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Chester wishing tree created in memory of mum

Published date: 31 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE mysterious appearance of a wishing tree in a Chester suburb has been solved thanks to a Chester blogger. 

Mystery surrounded the sudden appearance of a wishing tree that was being filled with heartfelt messages in Boughton.

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

At the site there is no indication of who began the messages, just a small notice placed asking people to add their wish to the tree by finding a free tag and writing on it.

Just days after the Leader reported on the tree, a Chester blogger got in touch to say they had solved the mystery. 

Our blogger managed to get in contact with the person responsible for the tree. 

The woman, a Boughton resident of 13 years who wants to remain anonymous, decided to start the messages after her mother died from liver cancer. 

A quote on the blog reads: “Basically, a little over a year ago I received a call from Ireland informing me my Mum was really not very well. 

“When I spoke to her she couldn’t really communicate on the phone so I arranged for an ambulance to be sent to her. I flew over to Ireland the next day still unsure of the situation. She died eight days later while I held her hand of undetected liver cancer that had spread and consumed her whole body. 

“She left me on July 8, 2013. I created the wishing tree on July 8, 2014 as a silent memory to my mum as I can’t get over to her grave and have a place to go and reflect. I wasn’t sure how it would be received but it seems to be well supported.

”If it can help people and offer a little hope in testing times then it’s doing it’s job, 

“We should all be allowed to believe in a little magic.”

Coincidentally, the Leader used the message which the woman left on the tree as part of the front page when we first reported the story (July 25). She wrote “I wish the cure for cancer would hurry up” 

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

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

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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