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Brief description of site

The Tree Cathedral is made from trees, shrubs and plants and was created after the First World War in the spirit of 'faith, hope and reconciliation'.

Brief history of site

Edmund Blyth purchased Chapel Farm in Whipsnade in 1927. In 1930, he began planting trees in a field on his land. The layout was planned in the style of a medieval cathedral; created after the First World War in the spirit of 'faith, hope and reconciliation'. He continued to plant trees of different types for different areas of the ‘cathedral’ until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 when he returned to his regiment. The Tree Cathedral survives and is now owned by the National Trust.

Location information:

Address: Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LQ

Locality: Dunstable

Local Authorities:

Central Bedfordshire; Dunstable Central

Historical County: Bedfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL008181
Latitude: 51.8524 Longitude: -0.537913

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Key information:

Form of site: plantation

Purpose of site: Commemorative

Context or principal building: commemorative

Site first created: After 1930

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

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