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Holy Thorn update, 6

Posted on by royvickery |

On 24 May 2019 it was reported on the British Ancient and Sacred Trees Facebook site that was reported that the Holy Thorn which formerly grew on Wearyall Hill, just outside Glastonbury, Somerset, was ‘finally cut down yesterday by unknown vandals’.

The tree, which had been severely damaged in 2010, appeared to be surviving at first, but eventually died, so the ‘tree’ which was cut down was a dead stump.  A young tree planted nearby in 2011 also failed to survive, and seems to have been deliberately killed.

According to SomersetLive on 28 May, Glastonbury Town Council issued a statement:  ‘It has been brought to the attention of the Town Council that the Holy Thorn on Wearyall Hill was removed by the landowner and a Conservation Society member as it was considered by them to be dangerous.’  The report continues that the removal took place ‘just a few days after Glastonbury Town Council refused to support plans to build new homes on Wearyall Hill’.

Updated 30 May 2019.

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