Crossbones Volunteer Wardens
Crossbones Garden is now open to the public thanks to the generosity of volunteer wardens who give their time to supervise the site. We are recruiting more volunteers to help, particularly at the weekends. A training session will be run in March for new wardens, which will include an introduction to the space by John Constable. If you are interested in becoming a Crossbones Volunteer Warden please email firstname.lastname@example.org and more information will be provided. Please note that places on the training are limited but further sessions are intended throughout 2016.
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 the start of our partnership project to create a garden at Crossbones Graveyard.
Crossbones, on the junction of Redcross Way and Union Street, a stones throw from LondonBridge, has been boarded up and closed to general public for many years. Behind the hoardings and under the rubble is a post-medieval un-consecrated pauper’s burial ground with the remains of an estimated 15,000 people buried there. The graveyard gates have been decorated with votive messages, ribbons, flowers and other tokens as a voluntary act of remembrance by visitors to the site over many years, and forms a key element to the identity of the site.
The graveyard and the shrine been championed by local writer John Constable with the Friends of Crossbones, and other local individuals and companies, who have campaigned for almost 10 years to turn the site into a garden of remembrance. Our vision together is for a garden led by local people that shows respect to the outcast dead who are buried beneath. The aim is to provide a sensitive, contemplative environment for all who would spend time here. It is going to be a major undertaking and we would very much welcome your help.
We have made huge progress in a short space of time and so far have: Carefully covered and protected the remains of the dead; Built drystone wall beds and planted them to create a raised garden; Commissioned the incredible Goosewing Entrance by artist wood-worker Arthur DeMowbray; Installed a wildflower meadow; Created a wildlife pond; Built a wardens hut, and much much more….
Can you help?
If you can help by volunteering, sponsoring a company workday, donating to the fundraising campaign or in any other way then we would love 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 landowners TFL, the GLA’s Pocket Parks Programme, Southwark Council, Hogan Lovells, Hacking and Son and our Landscape architect Helen John.