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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Clearing, cutting and planting galore: maintain the nature reserve in Mile End

4.67 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 volunteer reviews)

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Tue (9:30 - 16:00)

Up to 8 volunteers needed


Who will I help?

When was the last time you escaped the hustle and bustle of city life?

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is 31 acres of urban-woodland located just a few miles from the city.

The cemetery which opened in 1841 (historically one of London’s magnificent seven) was closed for burials in 1966, and was declared a public park and designated nature reserve, supporting an incredible variety of wild plants, trees, insects, bats, beetles, birds and butterflies.

In addition to the 8,500 school children who each year use the park as an outdoor classroom, they welcome over 3,000 volunteers a year: come and join them!

How will I help?

Volunteer at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and swap your computer screen for the Great Outdoors for the day!

You may find yourself helping out with:

• Removing unwanted plantation and overgrowth
• Planting and seeding
• Monitoring wildlife

You will be volunteering alongside members of The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

The work is physically challenging so head to the pub at the end of the day for a well-earned celebration of a job well done.

9 reviews for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ken at Friends of Tower Hamlets was very welcoming and appreciative of our help. He was clearly passionate about his job and responsibility to keep the park in shape and does a great job. He gave us clear instructions and advice and then left us to get on with the job which was good. Overall it was a very good day out of the office!

  2. 5 out of 5

    It was a great day outside, very well organised by the charity and a very friendly team. This amazing London green spot is in a great need of help it would be a pleasure to do it again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    It was a very nice opportunity to get out of the office and get stung by stinging nettles as that hasn’t happened since I was about 5. I wouldn’t do it again but not because it is not a worthwhile volunteering day as I think people more interested in flora and fauna would be more interested.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Very good experience and kept busy throughout the day. Was nice to hear a little bit of history about the park and to hear about how they rely on volunteers to maintain the park. Would definitely do it again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    A good days volunteering i may not have been using any consulting skills but gardening was fun

  6. 5 out of 5

    The day was well structured, with lots to get involved in. Able to work together as a group which helped people get to know each other a little better. Organisers were enthusiastic and friendly, and were full of information on the charity and local area, which really helped volunteers feel like they were making a difference. Hard work but satisfying. The organiser’s pet dog Quinn was also a real character! Great day – would happily go back.

  7. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed my day working out in the open and meeting new people. Dan taught us lots of gardening skills e.g. identifying shrubs/flowers and the safe use of gardening tools. He also gave us a guided tour of the site and it’s history before we started. It was my second time there and will definitely be back next year.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Such a great charity who seemed so grateful for the volunteer support they received. I chose the activity as it was a chance to engage with a conservation project and was really pleased that it actually exceeded my expectations…great to get a bit of a history lesson too!

  9. 5 out of 5

    It was a fun day and it was really satisfying to see the difference we’d made by the end of it. Friendly staff, easy location to get to and something worthwhile.

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