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  • Coming soon – a Garden for Crossbones

Good news for all those who are looking for a peaceful green place in busy Bankside. We are delighted to announce that work has started on our partnership project to create a garden at Crossbones Graveyard.

Crossbones is on the junction of Redcross Way and Union Street, just up the street from Red Cross Garden, and is currently closed. Behind the hoardings and under the rubble is a post-medieval, unconsecrated burial ground with the remains of up to 15,000 poor people buried there. The graveyard gates on Redcross Way are permanently decorated with a changing array of messages, ribbons, flowers and other tokens.

The graveyard and the shrine have been championed by local writer John Constable and other caring folk. BOST is working closely with John, the Friends of Crossbones, and other local individuals and companies. Our vision together is for a garden led by local people, that shows respect to the outcast dead who are buried beneath, and provides a sensitive contemplative environment for all who would spend time here.


To create the garden, we are beginning  to carefully cover and protect the remains of the dead, and build drystone wall beds to create a raised garden for all those who would like to contemplate life in a green environment.It is going to be a major undertaking and we would very much welcome your help.


Can you help? 

If you can help by sponsoring a company work day, volunteering in one of our public events, or by donating to our fundraising campaign we would very much like to hear from you.

It has been a major accomplishment to get where we are now, with a three year lease, planning permission, comprehensive surveys, and a costed development plan for the garden. We have to thank everyone who has helped get us to this stage including our initial funders – the Mayor’s Pocket Parks Programme and Southwark Council, our landowner Transport for London, Hogan Lovells, Hacking and Son, and our hardworking designer; Helen John

We will launch the beginnings of Crossbones Garden and its crowdfunding campaign outside the gates at 2.30pm on Sunday March 8th, for International Women’s Day. Please join us. 




Please do get in touch if you would like to help.
More information about the history and cultural significance is on http://www.crossbones.org.uk/


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