Conservation Management Planning at THCP – Invitation to Tender

We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting tenders from heritage and architectural professionals for an exciting new project.

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are in the process of creating a Conservation Management Plan to help us 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 has kindly been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will involve input from our community, our stakeholders and from heritage and biodiversity professionals.

A Conservation Management Plan is a document that 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

The Conservation Management Plan will help Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park plan for our future. Understanding what needs to be done, why it needs to be done and who will do the work is vital. This knowledge will help us to then 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.

We are looking to work with a consultant who can help us with all stages of the plan from historical research and surveys of the site to community workshops and training sessions for our volunteers.

To find out more about the Conservation Management Plan, or to express an interest in tendering to work with us, 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.

12-11-2020 Brief for Conservation, Management and Maintenance Plan for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Invitation_to_tender CMP Nov 2020

2020-11-23T13:36:17+00:00November 13th, 2020|

Remembrance Sunday 2020

This year we were unable to have our usual ceremony for Remembrance Sunday due to the second Coronavirus lockdown. We realise this was disappointing to those of you who usually attend but the safety of our community was our highest priority at this difficult time.

Whilst we were not able to welcome the normal crowds, it did not mean that we were unable to remember those who gave their lives to secure and protect our freedom. Many local people visited our memorials and paid their respects and laid a poppy or a wreath in solitary acts of remembrance. The staff from Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park also laid wreaths at our war memorials as well as in the area of the Cemetery Park where many soldiers killed in action were buried.

We were thrilled that the Venerable Roger Preece was able to record a video for us this year in place of our usual, in person ceremony. The Venerable Roger Preece is a Master of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, a retreat house and community cafe charity in East London. You can watch his video below or on our YouTube channel here.

We would welcome anyone who wished to lay a wreath or a poppy on our memorials on Armistice Day this coming Wednesday. We hope that we are able to resume our usual ceremony in 2021.

2020-11-10T11:57:58+00:00November 10th, 2020|