Welcome to BOST

Bankside Open Spaces Trust is an environmental and volunteering charity, working with people to design, develop, maintain and protect public parks, gardens and open spaces in the SE1 area.  Whether you are looking for a place to relax, kick a ball, grow plants or just hang out, come and visit one for our spaces and discover something new in Bankside.

BOST’s London Marathon team aims to raise £5,000 

george farquharson Marathon runner 2016

Five runners in this year’s London Marathon will be aiming to raise a total of £5,000 for the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST).

“I think it’s important we look after our green spaces,” said Mike Mockford, one of the five. “Research suggests that being with flowers and trees is great for health, both physical and mental.”

The other members of the BOST team are George Farquharson, Alexander Knox, Mike Downey and Robert Carroll.

Some have helped us before. “I did a day of volunteering for BOST with Lloyds Bank Group, said Alexander Knox. “On the day the organiser said that she was looking for representatives to run the London Marathon. I thought this would be a great opportunity to run for a charity I have worked for already and seen the impact it can have first hand.”

For Mike Downey, this will be his sixth marathon. He works for construction company Costain on the London Bridge development. BOST is one of Costain’s chosen charities.

BOST chairman Tim Wood said: “To run more than 26 miles around London is an enormous commitment and I am truly grateful that these young men have chosen BOST as their charity. It is great to see some of our existing supporters taking part.”

The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 24 April. The organisers expect around 38,000 people to take part. Since the event began in 1981, competitors have raised more than £700 million for good causes.

Celebrating Shakespeare’s 400yrs with The Globe

Come along to our garden at Winchester Palace on Clink Street this weekend where we are proudly hosting one of the screens for The Globe Theatre’s Shakespeare celebrations, as part of The Complete Walk screenings.

Find out more here and to download the map. THE COMPLETE WALK

The Complete Walk consists of 37 specially-made short films, each approximately 10 minutes long, screens at various Bankside sites linked with Shakespeare, all playing on a loop along a 2.5 mile route between Westminster and Tower Bridge. Each film explores one of Shakespeare’s plays and includes scenes shot in the locations Shakespeare imagined when he wrote them, as well as footage from the BFI’s Silent Shakespeare series and Globe On Screen filmed stage productions.

Winchester Palace will be hosting an excerpt from TROILUS AND CRESSIDA filmed at The Ruins of Troy, Çanakkale, Turkey Winchester Palace.

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