Whipsnade Tree Cathedral awarded Grade II listing

a view from within the Tree Cathedral

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral joins the list of the nation's most treasured historic parks and gardens after being awarded Grade II listing by Historic England.

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral was the vision of Edmund Blyth, who served in the infantry in World War I and suffered the loss of dear friends Arthur Bailey and John Bennett, who died in the March retreat of 1918. Edmund wanted to create a lasting legacy for his comrades-in-arms who were no longer with him and so began the idea of a unique First World War commemoration.

Situated on the edge of Whipsnade Village green, the Tree Cathedral is composed of different varieties of trees and shrubs laid out to the plan of a cathedral, with a nave, transepts, chancel, cloisters and chapels.

The idea of a Cathedral constructed with trees and plants is original and its one of Bedfordshire's unique hidden gems.