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Thread #134188   Message #3051609
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
12-Dec-10 - 05:36 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Glastonbury thorn destroyed
Subject: RE: Folklore: Glastonbury thorn destroyed
Undoubtedly this is a stupid and reprehensible act of vandalism, but, as G the D says above, the tree will almost certainly grow back and might be stronger and healthier as a result.

Mind you wanton destruction of nature is nothing new and Christianity has a lot to answer for by elevating Man above Nature. The destruction of old and venerable trees is nothing new either. In the 19th Century the Northamptonshire poet, John Clare mourned the loss of Langley Bush, a venerable hawthorn which grew near his native village of Helpston and was much loved by shepherds, gipsies and other 'dwellers in the fields'. This was ruthlessly swept away by the enclosers and Clare could only mourn for it:

"By Langley bush I roam but the bush hath left its hill
On Cowper Green I stray tis a desert strange and chill"

Currently, one of my favourite wild areas (full of hawthorns) here, in South Manchester, is threatened by development - and no-one cares except me and a few friends (the hawthorns haven't been 'sanctified' by dubious myths). Thus is the world sterilised bit by bit, drip by drip.