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Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery get £50,000 from City Bridge Trust

PUBLISHED: 12:13 20 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:13 20 May 2014

Ken Greenway is given the cheque from City Bridge Trust chairman Billy Dove

Ken Greenway is given the cheque from City Bridge Trust chairman Billy Dove

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Conservationists who look after 33 acres of woodland in London’s East End have received a windfall of almost £50,000 to continue their work for the next three years.

The cash has been given to Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park at Mile End who manage one of the largest biodiversity sites in inner London with an army of 3,000 volunteers.

“This cash means we can now better meet the needs and support of the community,” cemetery park manager Ken Greenway said. “The future now looks more stable with a new revenue to support our work.”

The grant from the City of London Corporation’s Bridge Trust fund is going towards a full-time coordinator and consultant to run training, leisure learning activities and develop the charity’s environmental education services further.

The charity was chosen for its work in encouraging better public understanding of the East End’s environment and biodiversity and its commitment to preserve the disused Victorian cemetery for public use.

Bridge Trust chairman Billy Dove said: “The park is a unique space to see a diversity of species in their natural habitat and an invaluable educational resource for thousands of schoolchildren.”

The Bridge Trust, which was set up 800 years ago to maintain the old London Bridge, has awarded £53 million to urban charities in the past three years alone.

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