Welcome to the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Shuffle-ing towards new home for the Friends
The lovely folk at Shuffle Festival are
helping to bring to life our historic lodge and build an exciting new heart for
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 Summer 2015, Shuffle hope to have it open for all to use…. by request!
London Borough of Tower Hamlets have already pledged 120K to carry out essential works, but more is needed to raise another 60K to complete the project in full.
Plans for the lodge include a new office for us, 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, music venue and of course cafe. But you can use it for whatever you want!
To help us make this dream a reality we need your help!
Please click here to find out more and to donate.
Thirty one acres of beautiful and atmospheric woodland in the heart of East London
This is the most urban woodland in London, and Tower Hamlets' only dedicated woodland park. This site supports an incredible variety of trees, plants, birds, insects, bats, beetles and butterflies. The Cemetery Park is managed and cared for by dedicated staff, trustees, and volunteers for the local community and as an invaluable education resource for 8,500 local schoolchildren who use the park as an outdoor classroom.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a designated Local Nature Reserve and, as a result of careful management and conservation efforts, a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. Working alongside several local experts THCP have identified and support a thriving population of rare and endangered species of plant and animal life.
THCP is managed by The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park for local people. We have three members of staff, a dedicated board of trustees, and are supported by over 3,000 volunteers who take part in conservation work throughout the year. Our volunteers come from all walks of life including local people, corporate groups, and partner organisations such as The Conservation Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, coming in as a corporate group, are interested in joining talks on local wildlife and want to know more about its history please go to our volunteers page to find out more. In addition to our programme of guided walks and events, we also run green woodwork courses with some of the wood felled as part of our habitat management work.