Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

JAN EDWARDS: The Money Tree

We have been in contact with Jan for ages, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome her aboard, not only as a guest blogger, but as a Co. Durham representative for the CFZ. With Davy Curtis already at the helm in the country, the two of them will make a dream team par excellence....

I heard about the Money Tree at High Force some time ago, but just the other day I discovered it for myself.

It is an old, fallen dead tree by the waterside about 100 yards downstream from High Force Waterfall on the River Tees, just 10 miles from my home. I had read somewhere that it was said to have grown around a hidden treasure trove, and the coins had magically grown through the tree.

Seeing the tree in the flesh, so to speak, spoilt this rather romantic image, as most of the coins are 2pence pieces.... with the odd penny, 5pence and even a pound coin or two.

So what’s it all about? Is it a good luck thing? Or is it something even stranger?


Syd said...

Jan, why not help to resolve the financial problems of the CFZ. Get yourself back to the money tree, suitably armed with a pair of pliers.

Syd said...

Jan, why not help to resolve the financial problems of the CFZ. Get yourself back to the money tree, suitably armed with a pair of pliers.

Oll Lewis said...

It reminds me of a Baobab(sp?) tree we saw on the CFZ Gambia expedition a few years back where every possible knook in the tree had something wedged into it as an offering of sorts. Most appeared to be prayers written and folded on little bits of paper (I guess they were anyway as I didn't actually remove any out of respect).

That particular tree had been transplanted there when partially grown and local legend insisted it had been put there to stop a ninki-nanka returning to it's nest. So in the eyes of the eyes of the locals the tree had quite some power.