We were recently thrilled to announce that in 2020 the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park were awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to create a Conservation Management Plan that is helping us to plan for our future. This grant spanned over the course of 2 years (finishing in September 2022) and has enabled us to expand our offer of heritage activities and training across the site and engage more people in our amazing history as well as work towards better conserving our heritage. The project has also been supported by The Pilgrim Trust in 2021 who awarded us an additional £10,000 to help pay for surveys and site studies that will help to inform our plan.

The Conservation Management Plan, which is now in the final stages of completion, will help us to better understand and conserve our history, the biodiversity of our site and the things our community love best about Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The Conservation Management Plan will involve input from our community, our stakeholders and from heritage and biodiversity professionals to help us better understand the significance of our amazing historic cemetery and urban woodland.

A Conservation Management Plan will help us:

  • Describe our heritage
  • Understand why the Cemetery Park matters and to whom
  • Understand what is happening to our heritage and what needs preserving
  • Understand what the key issues are that will affect the Cemetery Park
  • Plan conservation and restoration works for the future
  • Improve public access
  • Plan activities that engage the whole community

Understanding what needs to be done, why it needs to be done and who will do the work is vital to the success of the Cemetery Park in the long term. This knowledge will help us to create a maintenance plan to care for the Cemetery Park to guide us on what needs doing on a day-to-day basis. From who cuts the grass and plants the spring daffodils, to when the health and safety checks need completing and how we conduct cleaning and repairs on our vast array of headstones and monuments.

Below are a few of the things that have informed our plans for the future so far:
• We’ve invited over 1500 of you to try new heritage activities and share your thoughts on how we could bring heritage to life at the Cemetery Park.
• We’ve conducted visitor surveys with 180 people and talked to hundreds of you on social media and on-site about the things you love (and maybe don’t love) about Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
• We’ve invited heritage professionals from LDA Design to conduct monument surveys on some of our largest and most beautiful monuments and document the changes to our historic landscape
• We’ve surveyed our 1940s lodge building to understand the best ways to use the space in the future
• We’ve spoken to our volunteers, members and local community organisations about what they’d like to see at the Cemetery Park

Have your say!

To share your views and find out more about the CMP, you can either attend one of our comunity workshops (listed below) or email us your thoughts at contact@fothcp.org. You can also find more information by downloading our CMP info pack here – THCP Conservation Management Plans info pack.

10th July – Members and volunteers workshop at the Soanes Centre

13th July (Online) – Presentation and digital focus group

20th July – Community workshop at the Soanes Centre

23rd July – Community workshop at the Soanes Centre

For any further information, please contact our Heritage Officer, Claire, on claire.slack@fothcp.org. You can also find copies of our invitation to tender and our project brief below on our heritage blog.