France’s oldest tree, serves as the base for two chapels.
Which is an ancient symbol of Christianity in Britain, has begun to grow again after being thwacked, ripped and chopped by some hooligan vandals:
As a Christian symbol, it seems appropriate that its resurrection took place in time for Easter.
Glastonbury’s Holy Thorn tree began to show new buds this week, three months after it was savagely cut down by vandals.
According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea – who some say was Jesus’s great-uncle – travelled to Wearyall Hill after the Crucifixion and stuck a wooden staff belonging to Jesus into the ground before he went to sleep.
When he awoke, the tale goes, the staff had sprouted into a thorn tree, which became a shrine for Christians across Europe…
Glastonbury’s mayor John Coles said the display of new buds on the tree was ‘wonderful news for the town’
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