A Cotswolds tree pilgrimage with sacred sites to visit raising money for tree planting with Ancient and Sacred Trees.
Celebrating AST member Gillian Butlers tree pilgrimage raising funds for UK tree planting with Ancient and Sacred Trees. Here Gillian Butler describes the Trees as “ magnificent (naturally),” and “the sacred sites stunning".
All Saints Church of Woolstone
From the village of Woolstone head to Uffington following the sound of running water from a stream. Woolstone village used to have its own natural water supply from a spring. Here is a wonderful view of the Uffington White Horse which is also on the Spine of Albion.
Walk a Sacred Tree Trail Along The Spine of Albion. Gillian Butler, an Ancient and Sacred Trees member, has started out on a pilgrimage to honour our Ancient and Sacred Trees of Britain while raising funds for tree planting. Gillian who is a Mentor/Coach, Weleda Wellbeing Advisor, Massage Therapist and Animistic Practitioner has planned her trip inspired by the book The Spine of Albion written by Gary Biltcliff and Caroline Hoare. Over the coming months she will be walking and honouring the trees that grow along and around the ‘Spine of Albion’; an Alignment, or Ley, that runs through the UK from the South Coast of England up to and beyond the Highlands of Scotland. The route is inspired by Gary Biltcliffe & Caroline Hoare’s book “The Spine of Albion” If you purchase the book direct from here please email the authors Gary & Caroline to say you heard about it through AST and they will donate £2 for each book sold to AST UK tree planting funds! “I am passionate about raising awareness of the utmost importance of trees to our very existence here on earth.”
St Mary, Uffington
Arriving at the 13th century church of St. Mary in Uffington, known as the Cathedral of the Vale this is where the Elen flows through the Church, and the Mary current; each ‘flow’ being marked by a separate font in the church.
There are Yew Trees in the grounds.
St. George’s in Kelmscott
Where knights made sword cuts in the stone door jambs before departing for the Crusades.
The graveyard is the final resting place of Victorian artist, William Morris who along with fellow member of the Pre Raphaelite brotherhood, Gabriel Rossetti, was a tenant of nearby Kelmscott Manor.
St. Matthew’s in Langford.
You can also walk to the Rollright Stones as they are nearby.
Gillian says there are, "such beautiful trees to honour all around the church."
The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Broadwell
Gillian says, “Another beautiful building which, on approach, looked as though it was hiding in the trees! “
St Mary's Church, Salford.
There are two huge Yew Trees standing sentinel at the entrance of St. Mary’s Church, Salford. Here the Elen energy line flows through this 12th century font.
The Rollright Stones
There is a great deal of folklore connected to the Rollright Stones of kings, knights and witches.
The Church of St John in Burford.
The church of St. John the Baptist is located next to the River Windrush and on Elen’s pathway.
The River WIndrush can be found here.
St Mary's Little Coxwell
In thevillage of Little Coxwell is the pretty little church of St. Mary’s.
Next Time: A tree Pilgrimage to Stratford-Upon-Avon
If you purchase the book direct from here please email the authors Gary & Caroline to say you heard about it through AST and they will donate £2 for each book sold to AST UK tree planting funds!
Donate for AST tree planting in the UK here
Visit Gillian's blog here for more information on her journey and the earth energy lines https://gillianandthetrees.wordpress.com/blog/
All photos ©Gillian Butler with grateful thanks for her wonderful fundraising!