I just spotted this article in the Telegraph:
For 30 years the banches of a tree on the busy A40 have been bedecked by dozens of pairs of shoes, many hanging from their laces, tied neatly.
But a four-year project, funded by the National Lottery to discover why the shoes are dangled, has borne no fruit.
The shoe tree, between High Wycombe and Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, is currently decorated with around 50 pairs of shoes, ranging from tattered working boots to smart looking women’s slip-ons.
More than £265,000 pounds of heritage lottery funding was granted to The Chilterns Woodlands Project to help provide a definitive answer – but just rumour and legend continue to live on. (Read more).
The BBC also has something on this story of national interest here.
The tree is actually only about half a mile from our office. If anyone reading this is thinking of spending over quarter of a million pounds, can I suggest there are probably better and eternally lasting ways of doing so!