Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Tree Planting in Greater London at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (known locally as Bow Cemetery) is a historic Cemetery located in London's East End that opened in 1841. It is now a nature reserve and park and a real oasis of calm in the city.

IMPORTANT VISITOR INFOTake only photos. Leave only footsteps.

To keep the woodland as natural as possible we don’t label individual trees and we ask that visitors do not place their own plaques, labels, flowers, etc in the woodland. Each tree we plant should be seen as part of a natural woodland.

Before visiting this woodland, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which gives you helpful tips about your tree and visitor guidance.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park opened in 1841 by an Act of Parliament and is one of London's "Magnificent Seven" Cemeteries.

The Cemetery closed to burials in 1966. That same year becoming a park, by Act of Parliament. More recently declared a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. It became Tower Hamlets first Local Nature Reserve in 2001. Near-by land was added in the mid-nineties, known as "Scrapyard Meadow" & Ackroyd Drive Greenlink.

Today it is 33 acres of managed mature, broadleaved woodland & meadow. It is also an educational resource to 7000+ school children every year who use the Park as an outdoor classroom. This service is run & managed by Setpoint London East.The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park was set up in 1990 to encourage greater use of this inner urban green space as a sanctuary for people, a place of biodiversity, while protecting & preserving the historic content.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park & The Greenlink are owned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH). The "Friends" manage the Park via a Service Level Agreement with LBTH Parks. They are responsible for the daily maintenance & litter duties. Much of this work is carried out by volunteers through our practical nature conservation events.

The Cemetery Park along with its two additions of Scrapyard Meadows & Ackroyd Drive Greenlink offer a wide range of habitats & opportunities for wildlife. The "Friends" along with the support of 2600 volunteers every year maintain the varied & diverse habitats across the 33 acre nature reserve.

As the only woodland park in the Borough they aim to be an exemplary model of sustainable, positive management for wildlife, people & education. The habitats are varied & include a number of permanent & seasonal ponds, extensive wildflower meadows & woodland edge habitats.

You can expect to see many interesting animals & plants throughout the year, along with enjoying the change of the seasons. The wildlife, to be marvelled at, is very varied. Such as Green Woodpeckers, Sparrow Hawks, bats, cowslips, & a vast assortment of spring bulbs that flower from January through to May. Also, up to 24 different species of butterfly every year can be seen, such as the Brimstone, Orange Tip & Speckled Wood.

Photo Gallery

  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park  -  London  -  Path And Sign
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Information Board
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Holly Tree With Berries
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Hazel Tree
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Hawthorn Tree
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Yew Tree With Snail
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Pathway Through The Mature Woodland
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Sun Shining Through The Trees
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park  -  London  -  Oak Tree
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park  -  London  -  Pathway Through The Woodland
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park  -  London  -  Rainbow Shining Over The Woodland

Tree Species at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Since 2010 EFORESTS has worked with the land owners and local volunteers to plant 3545 new native tree species.

The following tree species were planted on the site:

IMPORTANT VISITOR INFOTake only photos. Leave only footsteps.

To keep the woodland as natural as possible we don’t label individual trees and we ask that visitors do not place their own plaques, labels, flowers, etc in the woodland. Each tree we plant should be seen as part of a natural woodland.

Before visiting this woodland, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which gives you helpful tips about your tree and visitor guidance.

EFORESTS have been tree planting in Greater London and many other regions since 2006. You can dedicate a tree to be planted in Greater London or elsewhere in the UK on our Tree Dedication page.