Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

I needed a refuge yesterday and I went to Whipsnade Tree Cathedral.

This incredible cathedral, made from trees, shrubs and plants, was created after the First World War in the spirit of ‘faith, hope and reconciliation’.

There are four seasonal chapels, a porch, a nave, a chancel and a dew pond in the centre where each area has hand carved wooden animals supporting seating benches.

I sat in peace amoungst the oaks, ashes, silver birches, norwegian spruces, limes, hornbeams, cherry trees in blossom all coming from a carpet of early bluebells, daffodils and primroses. All you could hear was the birdsong and there wasn’t another soul in sight most of the time.

I will be going back there.

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20 Responses to “Whipsnade Tree Cathedral”


  1. 1 granbee April 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Green cathedrals are my very favorite places of worship, Jane. Bless you many times over for sharing this peace-bringing place with us today.

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  2. 3 1smiles April 25, 2012 at 1:14 am

    There is a Community Garden here, but nothing as peaceful as the place you’ve shown us here. It’s Beautiful Jane.
    Love you

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  3. 5 Francina April 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    that looks like a good spot to hang out, Jane.
    love, Francina xx

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  4. 7 Maxi April 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Ooooh, a place that can take you away. Hope you can make it there often, Jane. Blessings – Maxi

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    • 8 Jane Thorne April 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Yes Maxi, places like this are rare and I will go there as often as I can as it’s only about an hour away. Love to you xx

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  5. 9 Jeannie April 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    It is in these special quiet places that we can hear where our inner compass system is leading us–I hope you find the peace from knowing your right path. xoxo

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  6. 11 elenacaravela April 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I would like to go there too. Glad you took some time for yourself.

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  7. 13 grandfathersky April 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This place seems to harken back to the Druid thought, that we are only complete when we are connected to nature, that our cathedrals actually hide us from our divinity… I pray you find the answer, the peace you are seeking, you are looking in the right places, listen with your heart…

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  8. 15 Eric Alagan April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Wow! Sounds like a lovely place. Peace and quiet for you, my buddy.

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    • 16 Jane Thorne April 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I didn’t know it was there Eric and it’s tucked away about an hours drive from here…good old Google. I am grateful to have found it and it gave me some much needed peace and solitude…much love to you my lovely buddy xx

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  9. 17 maturestudenthanginginthere April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    What a wonderful place to find peace and inspiration.

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    • 18 Jane Thorne April 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Oh it is and it reminded me of your walk and otter winking day. The peace was vital for me yesterday as it helped hold me together..love to you xx

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  10. 19 lostupabove April 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Remove four seasonal chapels, a porch, a nave, a chancel and a dew pond in the centre where each area has hand carved wooden animals and it could be my garden (though mine is probably much smaller)
    Love, Steph xxx

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