Once again Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park has played host to the wonderful Shuffle Festival, bringing, music, art, cinema, culture and family fun for the August Bank Holiday weekend. These photos give a taste of the beautiful event, which is designed to respect the historic and cultural environment of a Cemetery.
Your favourite community-run green spaces in Tower Hamlets are forming a partnership to support positive mental health and wellbeing through Green Care, the new term for all therapeutic activities based in nature. We ran 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. We hope that the project will be funded to go forward. Click to find out more.
Today, we hosted a touching dedication ceremony to unveil a new monument commissioned by Barnardo's to commemorate the lives of over 500 Barnardo's children our heritage volunteers have identified who were buried here in unmarked graves between 1876 and 1924, along with three of Dr Barnardo's own children also interred here.
We're #BritaininBloom winners! We won the National Conservation & Wildlife Award (in association with @BBCSpringwatch Do Something Great)
Thank you to all our staff and many volunteers who help us care for and manage THCP. This award is for each and everyone one of us. Our combined efforts made this win possible. Our award and the Cemetery Park also featured on BBC Autumnwatch on 27 October.
Kingfishers are regularly seen along the Regent's Canal and other waterways in the borough in winter, but always leave before the breeding season starts. This is probably due to a lack of suitable soft, vertical banks in which they can dig their nest burrows. Providing suitable nesting sites for Kingfishers is an objective in the Tower Hamlets Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
The Friends were asked by Tower Hamlets Council to build a new kingfisher bank. You can read more about it and see pictures of the completed bank, by clicking HERE.
The team had a lovely time at the event, which was held at the Mile End Park Art Pavilion. We were very chuffed to receive the awards, especially as we had no idea that we had been nominated! A very nice surprise. Well done to all of the other winners.
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.
For the third year running we have won the Time Out Love London Award in the Bow and Mile End area Local Culture category. Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us and to all our volunteers, members and supporters, without whom none of this would be possible.
The Soanes Centre murals are now complete! Artists Roo, Lilly Lou and Annatomix showcased their talent on the walls and highlighted Britain's threatened animals - bees, red squirrels, hedgehogs, and wildcats. Thanks to sugarformysoul, Montana Cans, Global Art Supplies, and Planet Rock Graphics.
Tell us how you would like to use a free pond liner in your garden or school and the best idea will win a free pond liner!
You may want to create a haven for orphaned frogs, a stop-off for dragon flies or a splash pad for the local birds. Be as creative as you like with your ideas.
Tweet your ideas to @FoTHCP using the hashtag #winapond and we’ll choose the best one. The winner gets one free pond liner courtesy of All Pond Solutions, an expert online aquatics retailer. If you win, we’d love to see a photo of your finished pond too!
We are delighted to announce the award of a grant of £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a research project entitled ‘Researching the names on the War Memorial in Tower Hamlets Cemetery’.
Awarded through HLF's First World War: Then and Now programme, the project will research the lives of the 204 service personnel who lost their lives during War World One and are recorded on the War Memorial located in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. You can contribute your knowledge and any information you hold in family records:[email protected]