Dan and I were not born and raised in Derbyshire, we hail originally from Sussex, another stunning part of England's wonderful landscape. We relocated about 6 years ago swapping the seaside for some spectacular scenery, and while I may occasionally daydream of the days the beach was a mere 100 yards from my doorstep I have fallen in love with our new surroundings and shall never tire of the amazing countryside of Derbyshire.
Intrigued by the shoe tree I have done a bit of 'googling' once home and cannot find what the significance of it is. There is some reference to a tradition of throwing the shoes of the recently deceased onto tree branches so that their spirit can walk closer to heaven. Other articles refer to "Shoefiti" and say the goal is to create a living, evolving art project, or possibly it begins with one impulsive gesture that catches on with others soon following suit. I have found that the tree has it's own Facebook Page with 59 followers, but there is no useful information there, only two random posts from 2014, and I have found that the tree pre-dates this by at least 10 years. If anyone can enlighten me as to how long the shoe tree has been there and what it's significance is I'd love to know. Does it have pagan roots? Is the tree at the end of a walking route and this started as an impulsive gesture by a walker discarding his old boots??? Who knows?!
We are Dan & Mary-Ann Griffin. Husband and Wife. Parents to Isabelle & James.