Arbor Day. Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire 1975. The custom of dressing a tree with flags survives from an ancient era when it was 	done in worship of Bridget, goddess of fertility. Later sanctified as St 	Bridget or St Bride, the goddess had a tree for a shrine. Hopesay Parish Council now finances the custom from the rates. In 1975 	twenty-five pounds was given to buy nine flags that are used to 	decorate the Black Poplar every 29 May.
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Arbor Day. Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire 1975. The custom of dressing a tree with flags survives from an ancient era when it was done in worship of Bridget, goddess of fertility. Later sanctified as St Bridget or St Bride, the goddess had a tree for a shrine. Hopesay Parish Council now finances the custom from the rates. In 1975 twenty-five pounds was given to buy nine flags that are used to decorate the Black Poplar every 29 May.

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Source: Homer Sykes
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Location: Aston-on-clun, Shropshire
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