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Mary Casserley

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

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Edmund Blyth planted the Tree Cathedral at Whipsnade on the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire in 1923 as a way to commemorate friends he had lost while serving as an infantryman in the First World war. He based his plan on a Mediaeval Cathedral, with cloisters of and a high altar of trees. My painting shows the nave of lime trees. Blyth wanted his cathedral to represent hope for the future and used species such as the Cedar of Lebanon to represent international peace. The site is owned and managed by the National Trust and is free to visit. Its near to Whipsnade Zoo.