We are delighted to welcome Nelson Brooks, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Poet in Resident 2018. Each month, Brooks will release a new poem inspired by the Cemetery Park. Click here to read his poems to date.
Big thanks to the LBTH & especially Cllr. Khales for his generous donation to us. Thanks to fellow participant charities for helping to raise £10,725 to go towards our work @APASENTH @bbpi100 @soulfc. We feel very proud and honoured to be one of Cllr. Khales chosen charities and to have raised so much.
We are excited to share our new self-guided Heritage trail which was launched at London Open House weekend. The trail brings to life the stories of people buried here and the architecture of the memorials which commemorate them.
Pick up a leaflet on site and follow the purple and gold metal waymarkers to learn more about the fascinating history of the Cemetery. More info.
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.
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.
We launched a new wellbeing project Green Care, in partnership with the Women’s Environmental Network and the three Tower Hamlets city farms.
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.
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.
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.
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.