Tree Cathedral

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Don’t miss
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 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.

Events
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.

Car parking
The closest public car park is located on Livingstone Drive, off the V10 - please note that this is a pay and display car park. Charging points for electric cars can also be found here.

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 £150 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 £150).  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 services@napierparking.co.uk.

Toilets
There are no public toilets at Newlands. The closest facilities are at South Willen Lake, adjacent to the cafeteria and children’s playground.

Disabled access
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.


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Opening Times
The park is open at all times, unless a private event is taking place.

Address
The Cathedral of Trees can be found opposite Willen Lake at Newlands, just off the junctions of V10 Brickhill Street and H5 Portway.

Click for directions

  • The Toot

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    This small pasture area at Shenley Church End is a scheduled ancient monument because in 1239 AD it was a moated motte and bailey castle, home to the family of Hugh, Earl of Chester. The motte and bailey castle consisted of an earth-built mound (the motte) normally topped with a timber tower, standing in a flat fortified enclosure (the bailey).

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but there are a range of pubs and shops in Shenley Church End about 10 minutes’ walk away to the east.

  • Tombs Meadow

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    Tombs Meadow is an agricultural meadow that is regularly used for grazing sheep. It is joined with the Ouse Valley Park on its northern edge, and Millfield on its southern edge. You can walk through Tombs Meadow to both of these other areas of parkland.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities available on site but the main high street of Stony Stratford is a few minutes’ walk away.

  • Walton lake

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    Originally built as a 'balancing lake' for the River Ouzel, Walton Lake is one of the richest spots in Milton Keynes to enjoy wildlife.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site; there are pubs in both Woughton and in Simpson (about the same distance to the south)

  • Waterhall Park

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    Hidden at the very southern corner of Milton Keynes, Waterhall Park is the perfect place to spot wildlife.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Waterhall Park. The nearest shops and cafes are at Serpentine Court, Fenny Stratford and Queensway, Bletchley.

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