Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre announced today that a Glastonbury Holy Thorn World Tree, a descendent of the Holy Thorn that stood on Wearyall Hill is to be planted in the heart of Glastonbury alongside a World Peace Pole on 26th January 2013. The tree has been grown from the severed branches of the iconic thorn that once stood on Wearyall Hill. The thorn was said to have sprung from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, uncle of Jesus, more than 2000 years ago when he came to Britain following the crucifixion. Joseph’s story is now the subject of a major Hollywood film – Glastonbury: Isle of Light.
The Glastonbury Thorn World Tree and the Peace Pole will be planted by the ‘Glastonbury Bench’ on Magdalene Street, ensuring that all visitors and residents have the opportunity to see and feel the message right in the heart of the town.
For more details of the recent history of the Holy Thorn and its role in the unity of Glastonbury, see article here.