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

    • Crossbones Garden Forum

      Dear Friends, you are warmly invited to our first Crossbones Garden Forum on Wednesday 10th December from 6.30-8pm at Lucy Brown House, SE1 9EG. Last week, Bankside Open Spaces Trust (us) were granted a lease by landowners TFL to create a meanwhile garden and we are now in a position to be able to invite you all [...]


    • Winchester Palace Planting Day

      On Tuesday 9th December we will be holding our first public planting day at the amazing Winchester Palace on Clink Street SE1. If you fancy getting stuck in amongst the ruins, this is a rare opportunity to access this scheduled ancient monument and help to build a beautiful new garden at the same time. All [...]


    • Winchester Palace Garden Update

      Our much anticipated garden for the ruins of Winchester Palace is finally in progress on site in Clink Street. As you will see from the photograph, we have completed careful excavations supervised by an archaeologist to reveal the foundations, and are working with contractors to build raised oak planters. We will need lots of help [...]


    • Come along to our AGM & Annual Celebration

    • Free trip to Wakehurst Garden!

  • 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