A new tree descended from Glastonbury's vandalised Holy Thorn is to be planted in the town this afternoon. The sapling has been grown from cuttings taken after the famous thorn on Wearyall Hill was cut down by vandals in December 2010.
The new thorn will be planted near Glastonbury Abbey alongside a 'Word Peace Pole' as part of a ceremony organised by the town's Pilgrim Reception Centre.
Centre manager Morgana West was behind the effort to preserve the Wearyall thorn. She arranged with Kew Gardens for cuttings to be collected from the severed branches which could then be grown through grafting onto hawthorn rootstock.
Legend has it that the thorn on Wearyall Hill was said to have sprung from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea.
The uncle of Jesus Christ was said to have come to Britain following the Crucifixion.
A Hollywood film of Jospeh's story, Glastonbury: Isle of Light, is due to be released later this year.