Cowshed Reveal the Most Popular Christmas Wish in Wales

Throughout December, people across Wales have been placing their wishes for Christmas and 2017 on special wish trees installed by National Trust at the places they care for across Wales.

More than 13,000 wishes have been made so far with good health and happiness for family and friends being the most popular among visitors.

Including health and happiness, the top eight most common wishes are:

  1. Health and happiness
  2. World peace
  3. Time with loved ones – past and present
  4. A new pet
  5. Spending more time outdoors
  6. Passing exams or good grades
  7. Snow
  8. Winning the lottery

An antidote to the commercialisation of Christmas, hundreds of heartfelt messages have been left on the wish trees.

“A Christmas present for everyone!” Fin, age 2 and a half

“I wish for Daddy to come home for Christmas.”

“I wish my sister could be cured of her cancer for Christmas.”

“I wish for Susie to have a good Christmas in heaven.”

More light-hearted wishes were for lots of cheese, a wish for the wizarding world to be real and the chance to meet the BFG.

National Trust Wales’ own hopes for the coming year focus on nature and the safe keeping of special places.

A wish on a #MyWishTree will contribute to the conservation of the charities special places, including vital work to the great outdoor spaces under its care.

This weekend will be the last chance to join in the festivities and make a wish at a National Trust property.

In North Wales, there will be wish trees at Penrhyn Castle, Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Bodnant Garden, Erddig, Chirk Castle and Powis Castle.

In the south, tree locations include Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House, Dinefwr, Llanerchaeron, Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall and sites along Gower and Pembrokeshire.

Liz Girling, Assistant Director for National Trust Wales said: “It is brilliant to see such generous spirit among our visitors. We hope all families have enjoyed creating their own special traditions and wishes with us.

“We are delighted to see so many joining us in our wish to make a significant improvement in the state of nature and protecting it for future generations alongside poignant personal wishes. Every visit made to place a tag on a tree will help us deliver this wish and we are continually grateful for the support of our visitors. We’d like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and hope all wishes made come true.”

To find a #MyWishTree near you and a full list of Christmas events, visit And if there’s not a wish tree near you, share your wishes for 2017 on social using #MyWishTree @NTWales



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