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


      Are you fit to run the Marathon? Do you know someone who is? Bankside Open Spaces Trust  have a limited number of last-minute places available, but you have to be quick. Registration for a BOST place closes on TUESDAY 2nd JANUARY !               When you run for BOST the funds you […]


    • Join us for a Merry Mingle

      MERRY MINGLE Thursday 7th December: 5-7pm Join us after work to celebrate the festive spirit.  There will be live music with Swing’it Dixieband, wreath making, mulled wine & nibbles, children crafts, and the switching on of the Christmas lights. We are delighted to announce we will be joined by The Deputy Mayor of Southwark who will be switching on the Christmas lights at 5.45pm. […]



      Saturday 18th November: 2pm – 6pm Crossbones Garden, Union Street, London SE1 Join us as we mark 3 years of working together with The Friends of Crossbones to protect, preserve and create this new, green, open space for Bankside. FREE entry, donations are welcome! A special opening of the outcasts’ burial ground to celebrate its extraordinary past and present and its future as […]


    • 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 […]