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

    • Job vacancy at BOST

      Would you like to work in an exciting, fun and dynamic award-winning environmental charity?Bankside Open Spaces Trust is now recruiting for a key role in our team. We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeping & Finance assistant to help us to continue to deliver fantastic greening projects for people living and working in central London. The post […]


    • 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 […]


    • Run the Virgin Money London Marathon for BOST

      We are thrilled to announce that we have places for next years Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017. When you run for BOST you’re helping real people and changing lives by helping us provide beautiful, inspiring, green oases of calm. Also enabling people to breathe fresh air, get fitter, learn new skills and meet new […]


    • Future Gardeners Goes Live

      There are a few remaining spaces available for this 6 week City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Work Based Horticulture course starting Wednesday 26th October. Contact louisa@bost.org.uk to sign up.