Free training courses by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Sept-Oct 2018

As part of their “Nature and Us” community engagement programmes in Mile End and Aldgate, the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are running two free six-week training courses for people living, owrking or studying in those parts of Tower Hamlets.

with ‘Nature and Us’ in Mile End
Run by The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
This exciting FREE six week course is available to people who live, work or study in the Mile End and Stepney area. The course is an opportunity to enjoy and gain knowledge about your local wildlife, which you can then use to share with your community, family, school, volunteers or other groups. Spaces are limited so please book a place by phoning 020 8983 1277 or email Michelle Lindson. Each session starts outside The Soanes Centre, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, E3 4PX. Different sessions may go to Mile End Park, Shandy Park, Regent’s Canal and wildlife-friendly gardens. The maximum distance that will be covered in one session is 1 mile, when walking to and from Shandy Park. Sessions start promptly at 10am and run to 12 noon.

22 September: Trees and shrubs
29 September: Minibeasts
6 October: Wildflowers
13 October: Life in freshwater
20 October: Local birds and mammals
27 October: Natural decay and recycling

with ‘Nature and Us’ in Swedenborg Gardens, E1
Run by The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in association with the St George’s Estate community orchard
This exciting FREE six week course is available to people who live, work or study in the Aldgate East, Whitechapel or Shadwell area. The course introduces participants to choosing and growing wildflowers and other plants of value to wildlife. Spaces are limited so please book a place by phoning 020 8983 1277 or email Michelle Lindson. All sessions are held at the community orchard at the eastern entrance of Swedenborg Gardens, off of Swedenborg Gardens, E1. Sessions start promptly at 2pm and run to 4.30pm.

22 September: Seed growing in pots and seed-beds
29 September: Growing new plants from cuttings and division
6 October: Growing bulbs
13 October: How to choose and grow wildflowers
20 October: Growing and choosing garden flowers for wildlife
27 October: Bringing it all together

Other training by the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park runs a programme of biodiversity training courses. Many courses are free, and the others are of low cost. Concession rates are available for Tower Hamlets Residents, over-60s and students. Booking is essential for all courses, even the free ones. Please visit the Friends’ website or e-mail the Friends to find out more.

FoTHCP is also able to organise bespoke training courses tailored to an individual organisation’s requirements. The bespoke courses can take place at the Cemetery Park, at your site, or a combination of the two. Please phone 0208 983 1277 or e-mail the Friends to discuss in further detail.

E-learning on invasive non-native species
The GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) has been developing an online training (e-learning) package in invasive non-native species, which is now freely available for use. The e-learning currently consists of five topics:

  • Introduction to invasive non-native species;
  • Introduction to identification and recording;
  • Identification of invasive freshwater plants;
  • Identification of invasive freshwater invertebrates;
  • Identification of invasive riparian plants.

A test is available for each topic. Once a participant has passed the test, they will be able to download a certificate. To access the e-learning, please follow this link. Participants will need to register to take the e-learning, instructions on how to do this can be found on the home page. More information and a link to the e-learning site can also be found through the training pages of the NNSS website.

Other training
TCV London has a programme of Short Courses for both beginners and professionals, covering a wide range of subjects, from Leadership and Risk Assessment to Practical Conservation Skills, Tree and Wildflower Identification, Surveying and Monitoring. For more details see the TCV website.

TCV also offers bespoke training courses to volunteer groups and organisations who require advice and guidance in the safe and effective running of practical conservation and horticultural projects.  For further details please contact: Clif Osborne, Training Development Officer on 020 7278 4294.

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management runs a series of conferences, workshops and masterclasses for professional ecologists. See the CIEEM website for full details.

The Field Studies Council runs a wide range of courses on all aspects of ecology and natural history. The website provides details of courses all over the country, aimed at individuals and families, schools and colleges, teachers and environmental professionals.