Get skills in nature conservation and gardening, meet like-minded people, record history, or help us run the charity. If you would like your company employees to volunteer as part of your CSR programme, go to the corporate volunteering page.

A man in a hi-vis jacket removes ivy from a headstone

Hands on Heritage Volunteering

On the 2nd Monday of every month (and the occasional Sunday) a group of volunteers get together to work on heritage conservation projects across Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. This could include everything from clearing ivy and brambles from around our monuments, removing goose grass and cow parsley, helping maintain our heritage trail, documenting monument inscriptions and much more. No experience is necessary and all training will be provided on the day. You’ll also learn about our history and heritage/nature conservation techniques as we work!

Please email claire.slack@fothcp.org or book a space here.

Monthly Heritage Volunteering with East London History Society

Members of the East London History Society meet monthly at the Cemetery Park to record inscriptions on monuments, research those buried with us and help people find their family graves as part of an ongoing project. They also work on publications such as books and articles that share the Cemetery Park’s history. Get involved and learn about the park’s history and some of its more infamous residents! Meetings normally takes place on the second Sunday of every month, 14:00-16:00.

Please email heritage@fothcp.org.

Nature conservation volunteering

Want to get involved in helping us care for the wildlife and plant life of the park, and learn some new skills? We offer Nature conservation volunteering weekly on Tuesdays, 11:00 to 15:00, and the first Sunday of each month, 11:00 to 15:00.  

For details of our volunteering activities please read the information in the event description when you Book a place on Ticket Tailor and contact us if you have any other questions.

We supply all tools and equipment and provide tea and coffee. Bring food and drinks, and your own gloves if you have them. Please wear suitable outdoor clothes, full-length trousers (no shorts!) and sturdy shoes.

All-ability volunteering

Join the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in a new All-ability Volunteering programme starting 7th November 2022.

We are looking for volunteers to help us in our conservation and nature work in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Volunteers from all walks of life contribute to our work, learning new skills, meeting like-minded people, and gaining physical and mental health benefits from being outdoors and being active.

Our new All-ability Volunteering programme is designed for people who have limited mobility, underlying health conditions and disabilities. The activities will be tailored to you and your needs, and our staff will work with you to ensure that you can contribute to our work and benefit from the volunteer opportunities.

Book a place on Ticket Tailor. Please read the details in the event description and contact us if you have any other questions.

All-ability Volunteering is a new programme funded through Tower Hamlets Council’s Small Grants Fund, which is managed by East End Community Foundation.

Biodiversity monitoring

You could be one of our independent volunteers who monitor our plants and animals! We’d love to run a volunteering group, but we don’t have staff capacity at the moment (October 2022).

We already have people monitoring butterflies, spiders, beetles, and bees. They submit their records to recording schemes and share them with us. If you’re happy to work on your own and know how to monitor (or are willing to find your own training), do contact us. We’re keen to find people interested in moths (we have a moth trap), plants (including mosses and lichens), fungi, birds, mammals, and any invertebrates.

Monitoring can be super simple, or very comprehensive! You could study the behaviour of just one species, an example being a mark-release-recapture snail study.

You can find our species lists here.

Board of Trustees

Help us make Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park the best that it can be! If you have enthusiasm, knowledge or life experience your contribution could be invaluable. You don’t have to be a biologist, ecologist, historian or City professional.

We are not looking for trustees at the moment (October 2022). However, we may occasionally need skilled volunteers. Please contact us for further information and tell us about your background and what you would be interested in.