Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | March 24, 2011

The Glastonbury Thorn Lives!

The Glastonbury Thorn

A cousin of the Wearyall Hill Thorn in Glastonbury High Street

Last Winter someone vandalised the Holy Thorn on Wearyall Hill. Luckily they were unable to fell it due to the protective guard around it. Now news has just come in that it has sprouted and local residents are planning a celebration. This is the message I received: “The Wirral thorn is alive, and has sprouted – on the feast of Joseph of Arimathea, no less!
There will be a celebration at the tree at 5.30 pm today – the eighth and last day of his feast which ends at sunset.
Bring your music, your songs, your staffs and your mead – Christian, Druid and all!”



  1. Brilliant!! Joyous news!!

  2. glorious news!!!:-) moved to tears by it! thank you so much for letting us know!

  3. As was to be expected! Don’t you think? When bad news assails us we go back to our basic beliefs. Very good news – and at the same time – what will be will be

  4. Not sure what touches me more, the fact that the Holy Thorn has been saved or the fact that members of various old religions can come together and celebrate. Cause as far as I am concerned not only all trees are sacred, but also all spots on this beautiful planet and all people. We need to bare this in mind I think every day of our life!

  5. Truly joyous news indeed. I was heart broken at the news of it’s vandalism. My heart rejoyous now! Brightest Blessings to all! Wish I could attend this wonderful event!

  6. Excellent news! The tree will still outlive its attacker. Here be justice…

  7. Wonderful news! We celebrating the rebirth of the Wearyall Thorn!

  8. Good news, but hardly surprising. As any Druid knows, it’s remarkably difficult to kill a tree outright other than pulling it out by its roots.

    (I was going say that the gathering is an “ecumenical matter” – viz. Father Ted – even though the modern meaning refers to unity among Christian Churches, the origin of the word “ecumenical” is from the Greek oikoumenē, ‘the (inhabited) earth.’ Appropriate after all!)

  9. Thank you for the good news.

  10. Occasion for joyful tears that the Holy Thorn has revived!

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