Weekly 'Drop in' Volunteer day, Tuesdays l0am to 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.
Dowload the Calendar of Wildlife Events in Tower Hamlets here (updated 15 May).
Creepy Crawly Week at Mile End Park
A week of FREE events for all the family
27-30 May 2013.See this flyer for details.
Amphibian identification and survey training, Thursday 16 May 2013, 8-10pm
Mudchute Farm and Froglife are running a FREE evening training session on identifying and surveying for amphibians, as part of Froglife's Dragon Finder project. Advance booking is essential. See this flyer for more details.
Make a Miniature Garden, Saturday 25 to Friday 31 May, 10.30-4pm daily
The loss of urban biodiversity has inspired Mudchute Farm to make London in miniature with fewer roads and far more gardens. The installation will be made up of around 100 wooden wine boxes and planted up as miniature gardens by local schools and volunteers. Part of the Chelsea Fringe alternative garden festival.
How to get to Mudchute
Open Day at Cable Street Community Garden, Sunday 9 June 10am-5pm
Come and look around this well-established community garden in Shadwell, with over 50 plots, tended individually by members and their families. There are wildlife areas, several small ponds, a traditional British hedgerow, a sensory
garden under development and, most recently, a small greenhouse. On the day, there will be guided garden walks, a local history talk & walk at 2pm, light refreshments, homemade produce, craft stalls, plants for sale from 11am, and
children’s activities. Part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend, but entry is free for local people. See the Garden's website for how to get there.
Crafty Saturdays at Stepney City Farm
These rural arts workshops are one of London’s best-kept secrets, and are FREE all-ages from babies to grandparents. They are held at Stepney City Farm on the first Saturday of every month, 11:00am – 3:00pm. See the farm's website for the full Crafty Saturdays programme. One which might be of particular interest to wildlife lovers is:
3 August 2013: Flower press
Learn how to and make your own wooden flower press. These can then be decorated using etchings.
Stepney City Farm also has a number of Gardening courses coming up in the next 3 months (Mushroom cultivation, Vegetable gardening, Permaculture).
To find how to get to Stepney City Farm, see the farm's website.
Victoria Park events
Bird Barmy Army
Bring your friends and family along to discover what birds are living in Victoria Park with bird expert David Darrell-Lambert.
Saturdays 4 May, 6 July, 7 September 2013
all 10am-12.30pm, meet at the V & A Building.
Junior Wildlife Club
Join the Community Park Rangers and explore the wonders of Victoria Park's nature. Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturdays 6 April, 1 June, 10 August 2013.
All 10am-12.30pm, meet at the Ranger Station.
East Lake Activity Day
Wednesday 22 May 2013, 11am-3.30pm
To celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity, join in with fishing taster sessions, pond dipping, bug hunts and other wildlife-based activities around the newly-restored East Lake. Meet at East Lake.
Fishing Taster Session
Sunday 28 July 2013, 11am-3.30pm
For all the budding anglers out there. Join the Community Park Rangers to see what fish you can catch - you will be HOOKED! Coaching sessions throughout the day. Meet at East Lake.
To find out about the whole spring & summer 2013 events programme in Victoria Park, download this leaflet (PDF 520KB).
Follow the links to see what other events the Council's Parks Service is running in Victoria Park and Mile End Park.
Many of our partner organisations hold events, which are publicised on their websites. Follow the links below to see what's happening at:
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Spitalfields City Farm
Mudchute Park & Farm
Stepney City Farm
In addition, BTCV London run regular volunteer days, carrying out practical conservation work all over London. See their website for details.