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

    • Job Vacancies – Marlborough Sports Garden Attendants

      We are seeking sessional Sports Garden Attendants for our Marlborough Sports Garden. To apply – read the job advertisement, full job description and person specification which are the following links: Marlborough Sports Garden Attendant -Advert Marlborough Sports Garden Attendant – Job Description Marlborough Sports Garden Attendant – Personal Spec How to Apply: If you are interested [...]


    • Start growing for Vegetable & 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 [...]


    • Come down to Bernie Spain Gardens!

      Have your say on a new community gardening space in Bernie Spain Gardens: what would you like to grow? Coin Street Community Builders and Bankside Open Spaces Trust will be on-site to answer questions.    


  • 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