Welcome to BOST

News and information about Bankside Open Spaces Trust

From time to time everybody needs a little space. In the built-up streets, near London Bridge and Waterloo, the Bankside Open Spaces Trust works with local people to develop parks and gardens so they can relax, kick a ball, grow plants or just hang out.


BOST works closely with local people. We want to make sure improvement ideas are meaningful and meet local needs, so we consult the people who live in the area before a change is implemented. For each of our parks and community gardens we support a local steering group to guide us in improvements, and we work closely with residents on estate grounds. This means that BOST’s work is very much about implementing a movement of change that is much bigger than just our staff and trustees.

We are a charity, run with the help of local people, Southwark Council is a major partner in much of the land we manage, and we also have generous support from businesses and many other partners. We rely on our Community Anchor Partnership with Blackfriars Settlement and Bankside Residents Forum to ensure we continue to provide the best for all our residents, and we are developing a strong relationship with Waterloo Community Regeneration Group.

We are proud to be a national exemplar of good practice in working with volunteers. We are also pleased of what we have achieved so far in our precious patches of green amongst the concrete and glass of Bankside. But there’s more work to do as you can see from the rest of this website. If you would like to help, financially or by giving some time, we would be happy to welcome you aboard.

To get involved or for more info please send us your details by clicking here: info@bost.org.uk


  • Latest News

    • Cross Bones – past, present, future

      Sunday 27 July, 2pm Cross Bones – past, present, future with John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries and Secret Bankside. This free walk reveals the extraordinary story of Cross Bones, the ‘outcasts graveyard’. We explore the medieval Liberty of the Clink, visiting Winchester Palace and the sites of Bankside prisons, bear-pits, playhouses and ‘stews’, [...]


    • Continue growing for Veg & Flower Show competition in September!

      Get those gloves out and start digging!  BOST’s annual Vegetable & Flower Show is taking place on Friday, 19th September.  This event is for everyone who likes food and all who love gardening. BOST is inviting local people to show off their home grown flowers and vegetables, homemade chutney, or get creative, as individuals or community [...]


    • Hire of the all-weather pitch at The Marlborough

      We are pleased to announce our new partnership with 5aside.org to organise social league games at The Marlborough Sports Garden. From the beginning of March 2014 the football pitch will be available for hire for league games through 5aside.org at the following times:     Monday to Friday –  lunchtimes from 12.00 to 2.00 pm Monday to [...]


  • I've met so many people here today, it's been amazing! I'm so happy that I came. My son really loved planting the vegetables, I'm really up for gardening