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December 9, 2010

2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down

Why would someone do this?

Standing proudly on the side of an English hill, its religious roots go back 2,000 years. But a single night of vandalism has left an ancient site of pilgrimage in splinters.

The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury has been chopped down in what is being seen by some as a deliberately anti-Christian act…more


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The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury has been chopped down in what is being seen by some as a deliberately anti-Christian act…

As it was when the Protestant Cromwell felled it!  No doubt someone in desperate need of our prayers.  THe tree has already survived much in 2,000 years.  No doubt it will survive this.

[1] Posted by Nikolaus on 12-9-2010 at 09:39 PM · [top]

Katherine Gorbing, curator of the town’s abbey, said: ‘The mindless vandals who have hacked down this tree have struck at the heart of Christianity

Dear lady, I really don’t think so.  For at the heart of Christianity is not a tree, however ancient, but Him who was hung upon a tree.

[2] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 12-9-2010 at 09:56 PM · [top]

Those who may want to learn about this particular species of hawthorn will find more information at:
Mythology and folklore surrounding the hawthorn can be found at: At:
At: And a number of other web sites.

Glastonbury Tor has Pagan as well as Christian associations, as does the Glastonbury hawthorn. For more information on the Glastonbury Tor, go to:

Some folks believe that major ley lines intersect at Glastonbury Tor. The stripping of the tree of its branches may have been an anti-Christian act of vandalism. On the other hand, it may have Pagan significance. The Glastonbury thorn is known for flowering in mid-winter, according to the Old Calendar.

[3] Posted by AnglicansAblaze on 12-9-2010 at 10:47 PM · [top]

This was an act of senseless vandalism, on par with the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas.  Seems that more and more, we find ourselves in the midst of senseless brute beasts.

[4] Posted by aterry on 12-10-2010 at 11:22 AM · [top]

St. Dunstan, a monk-bishop, was Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey and then Archbishop of Canterbury from 960-988. He used his monetary inheritance, royal influence, and considerable gifts to foster and encourage a monastic revival in England and reform the English church.
A former CoE parish hall in Glastonbury is now a goddess temple.  The town is a meeting place for the Golden Godesses.

[5] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 12-10-2010 at 02:18 PM · [top]

It is a cutting of a cutting from the original tree, planted 50 years ago in the same spot as the first one. There are plenty of other cuttings of cuttings from which to take a cutting if this one does not survive.

[6] Posted by A Senior Priest on 12-10-2010 at 03:54 PM · [top]

“2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down”... AGAIN!

[7] Posted by Zwingli on 12-10-2010 at 06:40 PM · [top]

There’s an interesting article about this entitled “Why Did Vandals Try to Destroy a Holy Tree?  Senseless Destruction and the Search for Lost Intimacy.”  Citing other similar incidents, the author writes:

“Individually each of these acts might be an anomaly, but together they form a pattern. One might call them, ‘crimes against creation.’ Unlike normal environmental damage they are motivated not by greed but by sadism. The apparent goal is to spite humanity by destroying something that can never be replaced. Natural wonders also possess sacred significance and, because of they are completely irreplaceable, their destruction is the closest a single person can come to attacking God.”

[8] Posted by Creedal Christian on 12-15-2010 at 11:45 AM · [top]

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