Welcome to the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Thirty one acres of beautiful and atmospheric woodland in the heart of East London. Opened in 1841, The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery, one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries, is now a designated park, Local Nature Reserve and Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.  Each year our 3000 volunteers help us maintain a home for rare and endangered species of plants and animals for local people and the 7500 school children who use the park to learn and enjoy.

Upcoming events

Tue 28 April
The Magnificent Seven: The Victorian Cemeteries of London
7 - 9pm
Join the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and the Garden Historians to hear a fascinating insight into a specialist area of urban landscape design of the 19th century, an often neglected area of garden history. FREE EVENT
Sat 2 May
Knife Carving
10am - 4.30pm
Come and join us in the woods for carving and a light lunch. The day is suitable for absolute beginners. Learn the skills needed to carve a beautiful yet simple butter knife.
£35/£28 concessions. Book here
Thu 7 May
Butterflies:
Identification, understanding, encouraging
10am - 3.30pm
Learn to identify butterflies, their behaviour, nectar and larval food plants, other habitat requirements and basic survey methods. £35/£28 concession. Book here.

Sat 9 May

Natural Dyeing Workshop

10am - 3.30pm

Come along and have a go at creating your own beautifully dyed textiles, using plants found in and around the park.

£45/£36 concession. Book here.

Sat 23 May

Knowing Native Trees and Shrubs in Summer

10am – 1.00pm

We will explore the Park, looking at a wide range of trees and shrubs and learning how to recognize them during summer. We will explore leaves, fruit, flowers and bark which can all be used to identify common species. 

£15/£12 Concession. Book here.

Tuesday, Apr 28 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 3 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 5 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Night out at the Lodge

Shuffle Warm Up the Lodge
On 27 March, our friends from Shuffle Festival held an evening of music, cinematography, local ale and good food in and around our lodge building.

The fund raising event was a huge success and they raised a fantastic £5097.50.


In the summer of 2014, Shuffle Festival relocated to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and used the historic lodge as their base - opening a café/bar area for the festival duration. This proved a huge success with local people and the hope of opening it up permanently was born. By Autumn 2015, we hope to have it open for all to use…. by request!


London Borough of Tower Hamlets have already secured funding for new windows, doors and structural works which are due to commence in April.
Plans for the lodge include a new office for the Friends, a community café and event space. Through an exciting extension to the building, it could host a workshop/laboratory for science and conservation workshops for kids and adults - as well as an exhibition space and music venue. The possibilities are (almost) endless!

To help us make this dream a reality we still need your help!

Please click here to find out more and to donate.

Summer Fair 2015

On Saturday 6 June we are having our annual Summer Fair with rickshaw rides, face painting, traditional woodland crafts, lots of local history, tea, cake and hot food to name a few. We can't promise sunshine but we can promise an excellent afternoon out for the whole family.
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