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Will Glastonbury's Holy Thorn be Tree of the Year?

Glastonbury's Holy Thorn is in the running to be crowned Tree of the Year. Credit: ITV News

Voting has now closed in the competition to find England's favourite tree, which includes Glastonbury's Holy Thorn as one of the finalists.

According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of Jesus, dug his staff into the ground where it took root. The hawthorn is said to be a descendent of the original tree. Already knew that? Here are 10 things you might not know about the famous flowerer.

It was nominated by a public vote in The Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year contest.

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Glastonbury 2016 sells out in 32 minutes

Festival goers at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2015 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival have sold out in just 32 minutes.

Emily Eavis took to twitter to congratulate those lucky enough to get a ticket:

It meant cause for celebration for some...

...and disappointment for others:

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Holy Thorn in the running for Tree of the Year

The Holy Thorn in Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The Glastonbury Holy Thorn is one of ten trees shortlisted to be England's tree of the year.

In an annual ceremony the holy thorn is cut from the tree at Glastonbury Abbey and given to the Queen.

The public will vote on the final ten - which the Woodland Trust has whittled down from 200 nominations.

To see all the shortlists and vote for your favourite tree click here.

Cutting a sprig from the Holy Thorn for the royal Christmas table Credit: ITV News

Crowds gather to watch for 'Blue Moon'

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Crowds gathered at Glastonbury Tor last night to catch a glimpse of the first "blue moon" since 2012 - and the last until 2018.

The name "blue moon" refers to the second of two full moons appearing in the same calendar month.

It is more important for astrologers than astronomers, marking a time of upset, change and possibilities.

Despite the name, blue moons are usually silvery grey, like any other.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Blue moons are not as rare as myths may say. The last one occurred on August 31, 2012, and the next will be seen on January 31, 2018.

Did you take any great pictures of the blue moon? Email us on westcountryweather@itv.com.

Dramatic photo emerges of huge fire at Glastonbury scrapyard

Devon and Somerset Police have shared a new picture on their Twitter account of a fire which broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury yesterday,

Firefighters believe the cause was accidental at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

Scrapyard fire believed to be accidental

Fire broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury on Tuesday evening Credit: Jo Niinemae

Firefighters believe a fire at a scrapyard in Glastonbury was caused accidentally.

It broke out in a large stack of scrap metal measuring 10m x 10m x 10m at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

The police helicopter issued a tannoy warning residents about the smoke Credit: Jo Niinemae

The police helicopter was called in to warn people to keep their doors and windows shut because of the smoke.

It was put out by about 11 o'clock.

A local photographer took this arty shot of the smoke above Glastonbury Credit: Will Fahy
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