Welcome to Whipsnade

Central Bedfordshire

About Whipsnade Parish

Whipsnade is a small village and civil parish in the county of Bedfordshire. It lies on the eastward tail spurs of the Chiltern Hills, about 2.5 miles South-South-West of Dunstable. It is the home of Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, as well as the famous ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, and is the namesake of Whipsnade Park Golf club.

Edward John Eyre, explorer of Australia, was born in Whipsnade in 1815.

A hill figure can be found in the site. The figure is shaped like a lion. It was made for Whipsnade Zoo. During the Second World War, this chalk image of a lion on Bison Hill, owned by Whipsnade Zoo, was covered with a black sheet in order not to attract attention from the German bomber planes.

If you have a matter that you would like to raise with the Parish Council you can contact the Clerk: clerk@whipsnadeparishcouncil.org.uk

About the council

The Parish Council meet the second Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November). Residents of Whipsnade are welcome to attend the meetings.

Whipsnade Parish Councillors

Cllr.Ken France – Chairman

Cllr.Craig White – Vice Chairman

Cllr M Stott

Cllr J Majewska

Cllr P Wilkins



Whipsnade Parish Clerk

Helen Matthews

If you wish to contact the Clerk in regard to matters concerning Whipsnade then please submit your enquiry by email:

Central Bedfordshire Councilors

Central Bedfordshire Council have developed an online system for reporting problems with highways from potholes to overgrown verges. If you are unhappy with any part of the highway within the parish you can report it directly and then follow its progress by using the attached link.

Whipsnade operate within the Borough of Central Bedfordshire Council.

Councillors responsible for Whipsnade are currently:

Councillor Kevin Collins Councillor Vicky Malone

If you experience problems or do not wish to use the portal then please email the Clerk providing as much information as possible: