Most of us have thrown a coin into a fountain and dropped a penny down a well, hoping our wishes will come true. In our beautiful gardens, a Great Wishing Tree is glistening and sparkling this December, until the 20th December, where people can leave their wishes and hopes.
People and wildlife are attracted to trees for the safety they provide. A wishing tree is a special tree, chosen as a site for offerings and wishes. People travel from miles to visit these trees and sometimes they leave offerings for good luck, including coins. In China, where silk originated, Wishing Trees are decorated with ribbons. The Mill’s Wishing Tree is decorated in lights and ribbons woven on the Mill’s historic looms.
For many, this is a bleak time of year, made worse by the pandemic. The Great Wishing Tree of Whitchurch marks the beginning of the end of this time, as we wish for a new beginning. The outdoor Wishing Tree installation from Zeal Live and Palmbrokers welcomes visitors back to the Mill, after its recent closure due to Covid19 restrictions.
Sue Tapliss, the Mill Director said “We want people to make a wish. Write it down on a piece of paper and tie it onto the fence that protects our Great Wishing Tree. We are asking people to keep wishing, until the fence is covered with wishes”.
The Mill, Shop, and Café are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. Late night opening on Fridays until 7 pm. Admission to the Great Wishing Tree and the Special Exhibition by The Hampshire Artists Co-operative Exhibition is free.