About Us

Bankside Open Spaces Trust was set up in 2000 by a group of local people with an aim to improve the area, making it greener and a more beautiful place to live and work.gossewing2016
















Since then the charity has helped to create and look after over 45 individual parks and gardens in a relatively small area of built-up central London, following the river along from Waterloo in the west to London Bridge in the east. These include Red Cross Garden, Waterloo Green, Diversity Garden, Marlborough Sports Garden, Tate Modern Community Garden, Crossbones Garden and Mint Street Park. Each site is unique, with its own atmosphere, identity and sense of place.

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We have received numerous awards including the UNESCO Man and Biosphere award, London in Bloom Champion of Champions and the MPGA London Spade for our community gardening partnerships.

The team works closely with local people to ensure that open spaces are created and managed with the involvement of residents, community groups and businesses alike. We do this in a number of ways to ensure maximum input from local people including regular gardening groups, supporting parks steering groups, organising public events, devising educational projects and offering advice to others.

The London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth are major partners and supporters of the work we do, as well as numerous other charities, housing associations, educational and health organisations, landowners and individual donors who have worked with us and helped us over the years.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust is a registered charity run by a board of trustees and staff team.

We are always open to work with new people so if you’d like to get involved or find out more please get in touch by clicking here: info@bost.org.uk


  • "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"
    Edible Bankside gardener.

  • News & Events

    • New impetus for The Great Get Together Bankside

            The Great Get Together Bankside Sunday, 18 June Noon till 9pm Redcross Way / Union Street / Flat Iron Square SE1 Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) is calling on local people to come out in force and underline the strength of the community for what promises to be the biggest street party […]


    • Like being outdoors? Get a job in horticulture!

      The next Future Gardeners course is starting on Wednesday 2 August 2017.  You’ll study part-time for a City and Guilds qualification and work towards getting a job in the industry.  Contact louisa@bost.org.uk for more details.


    • BOST gears up for Great Get Together

      On Sunday 18 June Bankside Open Spaces Trust are hosting what is likely to be the biggest street party the area has seen, with everything from bake offs to bark offs. It’s all part of ‘The Great Get Together’, a nationwide event inspired by Jo Cox and marks the first anniversary of her murder. BOST is […]


    • Water Station Volunteers

      Join us as we support thousands of people raising money for charity at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. BOST will be organising one of the water stations for runners  at Mile 16 on West Ferry Road, handing out much need water and encouragement at this tricky stage of the race. An early start with […]