Cemetery Friends - caring for the future of our cemeteries


Members are invited to publicise events on these pages.  Events organised by non members but having appeal to cemetery conservation and heritage supporters will be considered at the discretion of the Secretary. We do not accept commercial advertising.

Weather, health and safety concerns and other issues may cause events etc to be postponed or cancelled and you are advised to contact the local group to confirm any detail nearer to the event. Please note that any guidance on health and safety should be followed and in some cases the ground may be wet, muddy and/or uneven and stout footwear and suitable clothing is essential for outdoor events such as walks. Many cemeteries were laid out in Victorian times and access may be restricted in parts for safety reasons. The closeness in the grave plots, vandalism and undergrowth may make access difficult for persons with mobility or sight problems. Cemetery managers and voluntary groups of Friends may in some cases be able to advise if there are any local facilities to assist disabled visitors such as an individual to guide a visitor [and their escort or helper] but this is best arranged prior to the proposed visit. Some cemeteries ban dogs, others may permit dogs on a lead and if you propose to take a dog please check first with either the cemetery manager or the local friends group. 

Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

 Regular Events 


Every Tuesday 

Weekly ‘Drop in’ Volunteer day, l0am to 4pm

Location - Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, E3
Transport - Nearest tube station is Mile End, others include Bow Church DLR & Bow Road Tube. Buses - D6 D7,
D8, 25, 277, 323 & 339 also stop near the park.
Meeting Point - All events will begin outside the Soanes Centre at the start time listed, unless otherwise specified.
Contact: - Unless specified otherwise, call Kenneth Greenway on 07904 186 981 for further details.

Intro - Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is truly the historic green heart of Tower Hamlets. 33 acres of broad leaf woodland & meadows in a closed 19th Century cemetery, surrounded by tower blocks & estates, where 1000s of people live. The Cemetery Park has an outstanding variety of wild plants & animals. These are recorded in regular surveys to monitor the biodiversity of the park's populations. There are 27 butterfly & 80+ bird species, along with UK rare beetles, bees, spiders, fungi and flies, that can be all enjoyed at this unique designated Local Nature Reserve, which includes not only the historic cemetery but also Scrapyard Meadows and Ackroyd Drive Green Link.

Grave research Join members of the Friends and of the East London History Society in recording grave inscriptions, and learn more about the ‘occupants’ of the Cemetery Park.

Regular Events

Every Tuesday
Weekly ‘Drop in’ Volunteer day, 10am - 4pm Come for all or part of the day. Find a job or task that suits you and your interests, and help the “Friends”, in caring for and developing Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The park has Local Nature Reserve status and is a great place for both natural history and human history.
The time and date of volunteering may vary so before your first visit please phone Ken on 07904 186 981.
1st Thursday of the Month, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park committee meetings  Whether you’re considering to maybe join the committee or just want to find out what’s discussed, do feel free to join any of the regular monthly meetings.
1st Sunday of the month, 10am - 4pm
Practical nature conservation project  Join BTCV in the Park. Each month we carry out a
different project. Refreshments, equipment and training provided along with refreshments, but please wear old
clothes, sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch.
1st Sunday of the month, 11am - 4pm Green Woodworking  Join Ecotherapy in the park for a day learning green woodworking skills. All tools and training provided. Please call Ken before your first visit – 07904 186981
2nd Sunday of the month, 2pm - 4pm Grave research Join members of the Friends and of the East London History Society in recording grave inscriptions, and learn more about the ‘occupants’ of the Cemetery Park.

3rd Saturday of the month, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Bow Beasties wildlife watch club,  For children aged 8 – 14 The Wildlife Watch Club takes
place in the fabulous resource of the Cemetery Park, each month we do different activities to learn about
3rd Sunday of the month, 2pm - 4pm Guided Walk  Have a guided tour of the park learning all about the burials and/or natural history
Support the Friends This programme has been organised by the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The
activities are run by volunteers from our membership and by our one staff member, Kenneth Greenway.
If you’re not a member, why not become one. It gives you access to special members’ events, a regular newsletter, and a say in the Friends affairs. Although we are always pleased when people would like to help us run our events or
governance, your membership is valuable to us even when you’re not in a position to do this.
Membership is £8 per year (£5 concessions),and Life membership is £80.
You can get a membership form:
a) From our website, on the
Members page.
b) From the display rack in the Soanes
c) By phoning Kenneth Greenway on 07904 186981

You Need:
·  Old clothes and sturdy footwear.
·  A packed lunch.
We Provide:
·  All tools, safety equipment & 1st aid.
·  Training in the safe use of all tools.
·  Tea, coffee, juice & biscuits.
  To see more events listings
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London E3 4PX Tel : 07904 186 981
Fax: (0208) 252 6655 Email: Web :  
Open Day Saturday 28 June 2014 11am to 4pm
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Our handbook is full of advice and tips    The National Federation of Cemetery Friends        © 2011/14

New and revised edition


The book contains step-by-step guidance on all aspects of setting up and running  a Friends Group (indeed, it would be of value to non-cemetery related groups too) as well as useful case studies.  Also helpful for established groups looking to develop activities or fund raising.

Saving Cemeteries – a Handbook for Cemetery Friends. 112 pp.

ISBN 978-0-9529780-2-2

Price:  £5.00 + £1.20 p&p  Members: £3 + £1.20 p&p

Copies available from the secretary 

or National Federation of Cemetery Friends,  42 Chestnut Grove,

 South Croydon CR2 7LH