Sunday 27 January 2013

Pagan Eye: Glastonbury Thorn Tree Planted For Peace

This photo shows a Holy Thorn Tree sapling being planted outside Glastonbury Town Hall yesterday in a ceremony to promote peace and harmony in the community and throughout the world. In the picture you can see the mayor, Councillor Ian Tucker, with local residents placing soil around the roots of the tree.

Before the planting, all those attending were asked to write a prayer for peace on a slip of paper. These were put inside a pole with peace messages inscribed on the outside, which was set in the ground next to the Glastonbury Thorn.

The sapling had been cultivated by Kew Gardens from a cutting taken from the Holy Thorn Tree that was badly damaged by vandals a few years ago. It is hoped that this new tree in the heart of the town will be able to safely grow in a place where it can be seen, honoured and respected, together with the messages of peace, by people of all faiths and spiritual paths.

I consider myself very lucky to have been able to witness this tree planting. I am in the town for the weekend because I’ve been asked to write about New Age Glastonbury and a Premier Inn that’s just opened – where I’m staying at the moment. I will be doing a full write up in a few days, but for now I thought it was very timely to post this picture.

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