Opportunity for ice cream and mobile café concessions in parks

Tower Hamlets has many beautiful parks and open spaces used by both residents and visitors to the borough.

We have a great opportunity for local businesses to trade in our parks for the summer season in 2024.

We are seeking to license:

- ice cream vans and

- mobile café operators at fixed pitches. 

We have opportunities in parks across the borough for vendors who have Public Liability Insurance and Food Hygiene Certificate.

If you are interested in applying, please email parks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Nature conservation

Our parks play an essential role in nature conservation. They provide important habitats for wildlife in the borough. Getting involved with conservation work can be great fun. It also has many physical and mental health benefits.

Download our latest Tower Habitats Newsflash

Our Nature Reserves

The borough has two nature reserves

  1. Mudchute Park and Farm
  2. Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Other parks that have been designed or developed with nature conservation and biodiversity value in mind include

These reserves and parks are a haven for wildlife. Local volunteers can develop conservation skills in these parks.

Biodiversity enhancements are also taking place in many more of the borough’s parks. These enhancements include habitat creation projects such as establishing:

  • wildflower meadows
  • hedgerows
  • ponds
  • new copses / wooded areas.

We are also using more “wildlife friendly” styles of landscape management. This includes:

  • allowing grass to grow so that meadows are formed naturally
  • managing woodland to encourage a greater diversity of animal and plant species
  • establishing woodland walks. A self-guided walk is available for the nature trail in Weavers Fields.  Please contact us at park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk if you would like a copy.
  • creating log piles or simply leaving dead wood as a habitat for insects and fungi.

Local Biodiversity Action Plan

We are members of of the Tower Habitat Partnership. The partnership promotes biodiversity in the borough. The partnership is responsible for the delivery of the Tower Hamlets Biodiversity Action Plan. The Action Plan outlines the council’s aims and objectives for biodiversity.

Read the current LBAP

We have strong relationships with community groups and organisations. These include city farms, charities, environmental groups and Parks Friends Groups.

There are opportunities to volunteer and get experience of planting, looking after plants and maintaining and improving open spaces.