The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are a registered charity who look after the beautiful and atmospheric Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Cemetery Park is London’s most urban woodland, and Tower Hamlets’ only woodland park. It is historically important, being one of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries, closing to burials and becoming a public park in 1966. This site supports an incredible variety of species and is a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.
February saw the return of street artists to Ackroyd Drive Greenlink to help us with our continuing work to enhance the value, importance and appreciation of this green link that that runs between Bow Common Lane and Burdett Road. This sits alongside last year’s Endangered 13 public art project that saw 13 of the railway arches painted. This new project became a reality with the support of local resident and public art curator, Bablu Miah of Sugar for My Soul, along with Global Art Supplies who donated the paint and the two artists who have given us such fantastic murals: Aspire has painted two birds, a great and blue tit, and Matt Shapira depicted two roaming elephants. There is still space for three more murals, so if you can help us with cash donations to pay artists for their time then please get in touch.
Your favourite community-run green spaces in Tower Hamlets are now working in partnership to support positive mental health and wellbeing through ‘Green Care’, the new term for all therapeutic activities based in nature. Our Taster Sessions are an opportunity to try a wide range of fun green care activities, relax in beautiful natural spaces and meet people in a friendly group. Please help us spread the word to anyone who may benefit from these free sessions. Click to find out more.
Ken made an enjoyable outreach visit to Sandringham Primary School in Newham, to teach the children about decomposition of wood and the benefits it brings for biodiversity. He visited as part of the Bow Arts Consortium who are working on the school grounds.