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Crown of thorns - could Glastonbury landmark be voted England's favourite tree?

Glastonbury Abbey's famous Holy Thorn has been shortlisted in the Tree of the Year contest.

The Holy Thorn tree in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey Credit: ITV News

The Legend

Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea, uncle of Jesus, visited this area as a metal trader and thrust his staff into the ground while he rested. The staff took root and became the holy thorn.

On this site, Joseph of Arimathea is said to have built the first Christian church after Christ's death Credit: ITV News

The Tree

The hawthorn which stands in the grounds of the ruined Abbey today is said to be a descendant of the original tree, grown from a cutting.

The tree flowers twice a year, at Easter and Christmas Credit: ITV News

The contest

The Glastonbury Thorn is included in a list of ten trees nominated for a Woodland Trust competition to find England's favourite tree.