We are the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are an independent charity that looks after Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, a unique and vital nature reserve and heritage site in East London.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park offers everyone a breathing space in the heart of East London. This woodland cemetery is a unique place of transformation: a people’s cemetery, a place for remembrance, a sanctuary for humans as well as nature, a place for volunteering, field studies and summer fairs. Always changing with the seasons, it is rooted in the history of the East End, a place of rich heritage that is full of possibilities and freedom for all.

Our administrative and staff operations are based in the Cemetery Park Lodge, which we have recently renovated from a disused space into an attractive location for further heritage research, work placement experience and more. We generally use the Soanes Centre as a base to deliver larger community and volunteer events, including skills workshops, talks and lectures.

Our award-winning charity’s mission is centred on conservation, heritage and community. We are a people-centric charity, offering opportunities to explore history, improve mental and physical wellbeing, and preserving and protecting the monuments and nature that make the Cemetery Park such a beautiful place.

Come to our guided walks and events.
Give your time and get involved with nature or heritage volunteering.
With only 14% of our expenditure covered by funding from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2022/23, we rely on your donations and generosity to maintain the Cemetery Park.
Are you looking for someone you think may be buried in the Cemetery Park?
Find out about Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.
The Hidden Histories book uncovers the lives of WWI servicemen laid to rest in the Cemetery Park.