Tree Cathedral (Newlands)
Contrary to what many believe, Milton Keynes does have its own cathedral. But like the city itself, this cathedral is unique - made from bark and leaves rather than bricks and mortar.
What to see and do
The Tree Cathedral’s outline is based on Norwich Cathedral and was designed in 1986 by landscape architect Neil Higson. He chose different species of trees to represent the character of the Cathedral's sections: hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the Nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires, flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. You can also find out about the artworks in our other parks here.
In springtime colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground.
The Tree Cathedral is now available as a natural setting for the scattering or interment of ashes. You can find out more information here.
It’s sometimes possible to use the Tree Cathedral for private ceremonies and celebrations. Contact the events team to discuss this. For the last few years the Cathedral has hosted a pet blessing service. Keep an eye on the what's on pages on this site for details of any future events.
Need to know
The Cathedral of Trees can be found opposite Willen Lake at Newlands, just off the junctions of V10 Brickhill Street and H5 Portway.
The park is open at all times, unless a private event is taking place.
The closest public car park is located on Livingstone Drive, off the V10 - please note that this is a pay and display car park. There are also public car parks on the opposite side of the V10 Brickhill St serving Willen Lake. Please note the Peace Pagoda car park and the car parks at south Willen Lake are pay parking; please take care crossing this busy road. These car parks are managed by Napier Parking. Annual permits are available from Napier Parking at £120 for all Willen Lake car parks and £80 for the Peace Pagoda and Tree Cathedral car parks only. You can download permits from Napier here.
Disabled parking concessions at Willen Lake
If you are a blue badge holder and are exempt from paying vehicle tax you are eligible to claim a free annual parking permit for Willen Lake (worth £120). You can download an application form from www.napierparking.co.uk. Together with your completed application form you will need to provide a copy of your blue badge and of your nil value tax disc. Please note that an administration charge of £10 will apply.
For more information please telephone Napier Parking Ltd on 01730 828103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also apply in person at Napier Parking’s office, located by the Watersports Centre at Willen Lake South (between 9am and 5pm).
There are no public toilets at Newlands. The closest facilities are at south Willen Lake, adjacent to the cafeteria and children’s playground.
There are no refreshment facilities at Newlands. A cafe and pub restaurant can be found at nearby south Willen Lake.
There is a path to the Tree Cathedral from the Livingstone Drive car park. Other access to the Tree Cathedral is via unmade tracks which may be difficult in bad weather.
Make a day of it
Newlands lies due east of Campbell Park which can be reached via a leisure route that crossed the canal. Directly opposite the Tree Cathedral is Willen Lake, which is in turn part of the Ouzel Valley Park, offering a wide range of options for extending your outing.