Tree Cathedral

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About the Tree Cathedral 

There is a unique cathedral in Milton Keynes, not made of bricks and mortar but of bark and leaves. The Tree Cathedral at Newlands is based on the outline of Norwich Cathedral and was designed in 1986 by landscape architect Neil Higson.

Different species of trees were chosen to represent the different sections of the Cathedral. Hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires and flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. In springtime colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground.

The Cathedral has a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, meaning its visually stunning throughout the year.


You’ll be able to find pay and display car parks at the below locations.

  • Tree Cathedral Car Park off Livingstone Drive
  • Peace Pagoda Car Park off V10 Brickhill street, which is a short walk away
  • Willen Lake off the V10 Brickhill Street, which is a short walk away

Please note that these car parks are managed by Napier parking. The revenue from car parking at these sites goes in to the maintenance and improvement of the parks in Milton Keynes.  The Parks Trust is a self-financing charity and receives no funding from council tax or government.  We care for over 6,000 acres of parkland in Milton Keynes.

There are no public toilets at the Tree Cathedral. The closest facilities are at the watersports centre at 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. There are gaps between the stones so please take extra care if using a walking aid.

Facilities at Tree Cathedral
  • Parking

  • Electric Car Charging

How to get here

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