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Fairfoot Woodland: share your views

26/05/2021

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are inviting local residents to be involved in the exciting improvement of Fairfoot Woodland.

This green space runs between the Poplar HARCA and Tower Hamlets Homes car parks, and the Network Rail arches and yard (see map below). It was once part of the railway embankment which used to carry coal to the Bow Common Lane Gasworks.

Tower Hamlets Council decided that the neglected Fairfoot Woodland should become a park for people and wildlife, and so commissioned The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (FTHCP) to help do the work. Covid-19 has delayed the project, but planning with the Council, Tower Hamlets Homes and Poplar HARCA has started, and clearing work has begun.

Poplar HARCA has been working with FTHCP to develop the project over the last couple of years, which has included giving them access to the space via the carpark so it can be cleared of rubbish.

Current works, plans and negotiations

  • Current work is being carried out to clear vegetation which dominated the site (e.g. ivy, Japanese knotweed, bramble, some trees) and sowing wild flower seeds.
  • Plans to create one long footpath along the length of the park.
  • Plans to create a new entrance to the park from the western end of the Poplar HARCA car park. A long path would very gradually climb the slope to join a main path running along the top.
  • Negotiating with Network Rail to include their land running beyond the western end of the park, ending at Knapp Road by the MotorMedic workshop (see map below). If permission is given, plans include a new entrance to the park from Knapp Road with a footpath running to the rest of the park.

Share your views and suggestions

There is huge opportunity for local residents to give their views and suggestions about how to improve Fairfoot Woodland.

You can share your views by:

  • Email: contact@fothcp.org
  • Letter: The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, E3 4PX
  • Telephone: 020 8983 1277 (please leave your name and number if you get to answerphone)
  • Dropping in to Fairfoot Woodland: Thursday 17 June (12pm – 2pm); Thursday 24 June (5:30pm – 7:30pm); Saturday 26 June (2pm – 4pm)