THCP on BBC's Big Wildlife Revival
With the help of site manager, Ken Greenway, host Ellie Harrison explores how urban wildlife copes alongside people in crowded inner-city environments.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is truly the historic green heart of Tower Hamlets. 33 acres of broad leaf woodland, home to an important variety of wild plants, flowers and insects in a disused 19th century cemetery, surrounded by the urban scape of tower blocks and estates. The largest woodland in East London and principally noted for its ecological value, the cemetery also contains a wealth of historic monuments including a number of listed tombs. An oasis of Victorian elegance, characterised by the romance of gentle decay, underpins this charming location.
What the programme really highlights is the importance of the cemetery park to the local community, which thanks to the passion and hard work of thousands of volunteers every year, has managed to avoid neglect and re-development and truly thrive as a safe haven for both wildlife and people.
"We work hard to bring the countryside into London's East End" (Ken Greenway, THCP Manager)
Film Office were there on the day to ensure the smooth running of the shoot and to also catch a cheeky glimpse of the lovely Ben Fogle, who unfortunately was otherwise engaged on that particular afternoon. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful day for filming, and a good time was had by all.
If you would like to watch the full episode, please follow the links below. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b039tt22/Britains_Big_Wildlife_Revival_Urban/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039tt22
Ken organises a walk every third Sunday of the month at 2pm to tour the wild grounds, meeting by the Soanes education centre inside the main entrance in Southern Grove. To keep up to date with this and all events/activities check out the THCP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FoTHCP?fref=ts
And of course if you would like to use the cemetery park for up coming film of photography projects, check out our locations library and get in touch.