Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is the most urban woodland in London.

Historically it's one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries and was closed to burials in 1966, that same year being re-designated as a Park by Act of Parliament. It is now a designated Local Nature Reserve and Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

Ackroyd Drive Green Link is one of a several green space additions, along with Scrapyard Meadow on our southern boundary included under the Cemetery Park's Local Nature Reserve status. It runs between Bow Common Lane and Burdett Road E3 and it is a series of 4 green compartments divided by an allotment site. Each compartment has it's own unique character and the Friends aim to manage the Green Link as windows to the main Cemetery Park. We aim to exhibit in a smaller space all the wonderful things that can be seen in the Cemetery Park.



The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park were set up 1990 and have the day to day care and management of the site and undertake all the work across its 3 broad themes of wildlife, people and education. The practical nature conservation projects involve over 3000 volunteers every year.

Whilst it is a place of remembrance and local history, the existing monuments now stand romantically amongst mature broadleaved woodland and wildflower meadows. The hard work of volunteers under the guidance of the Friends has made this inner City nature reserve home to a number of rare and endangered species of plants and animals. The Park boasts 60+ bird species, 27 butterfly species (making the site the richest for butterflies in urban London), along with UK rare bumblebees, flies, spiders and beetles. It is also home to an over subscribed education service that works with 8500 school children every year using the Park as the classroom as part of National Curriculum linked environmental workshops. Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a vibrant place filled with life and a hub of activity and fun!
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  • Of the "Magnificent 7", or the seven great Cemeteries in London, I now miss the West Norwood one. Less well known than Highgate or Brompton, but no less interesting, this Tower Hamlets cemetery is located in the eponymous district a short distance from the Mile End and Bow Road metro stops (say it's right in the middle). Like others, this cemetery has not been active for burials for fifty years now, and has been converted into a nature reserve of trees and animals and is exactly how Cemeteries like me: neglected, with nature left growing wild, headofing abandoned and shrouded in vegetation, birds and small animals that live undisturbed, people who walk or run peacefully, a sense of peace and tranquility that also sprays the soul. Of course, it is perhaps not to be recommended when visiting London the first (or the second or third) time, but often like so many other places in London deserves more than many ephaly popular attractions (personal opinion of course). Another notch added.
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  • If you go here take your time. It’s a lovely place albeit a cemetery and it’s historic as well as somewhere that deserves respect. It was lovely to see immediately on walking through the gate a war me...  more »
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  • A lovely and wild space amongst the noise. Some nice paths and generally well maintained. It has missing gates so it may actually hard for some people to enter. But a breath of fresh air for the area. Lovely
  • Soanes Centre and Friends of THCP do a fantastic job -always friendly- unpaid volunteers maintain a haven for wildlife and a resource for schools and anyone interested in history
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