Holy tree vandalised
LONDON: British police were searching yesterday for vandals who chopped down a thorn tree venerated for centuries by Christians.
The Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, said to have links to the earliest days of Christianity in England, has been reduced to a 1.9m stump by vandals who sawed off its limbs.
The desecration happened the night after a sprig from the tree was cut off in a ceremony so it could be given to Queen Elizabeth II to decorate her Christmas table, said Glastonbury Mayor John Coles. He believes the traditional ceremony may have sparked a backlash.
“Whether the person responsible for the deed saw the ceremony on local television or witnessed it, it’s rather a coincidence that it was done that same night,” he said.
He could not say whether an individual or a group was responsible.
Katherine Gorbing, the director of Glastonbury Abbey, said there was some hope the tree would recover.
“We’re very hopeful that it will grow back,” she said. – Sapa-AP