Bunhill Fields burial ground gives new life to park

Photography, t'ai chi, gardening, history, wildlife and cycling workshops were used recently to try and coax people into using green spaces more often.

The events at Bunhill Fields in the City of London were part of a new initiative called Green Garden Lunchtimes, which ran at midday every day for a week.

"A different green theme aimed to encouraging people to enjoy green space in the area and promote local businesses," said a representative.

"They also aimed to improve knowledge of London’s wildlife, promote sustainable transport and healthy living, and increase awareness of the history of City gardens.

A history tour revealed past secrets of Bunhill Fields, a famous Non-Conformist burial ground.

London Independent Photography group gave a free drop-in workshop on basic photography tips and how to take wildlife and landscape shots.

Meanwhile Look Mum No Hands! local bike workshop gave people’s bikes the once-over and answered bike maintenance questions.

Beginners’ lessons in t'ai chi and Qi-Gong held in a gazebo aimed helped people relax, focus the mind and improve co-ordination.

The London Wildlife Trust gave a talk on London’s urban wildlife and advised on how best to improve biodiversity in your garden.

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