Waterloo Green

A village green in the heart of London

The Waterloo Millennium Green is one of our most high profile open spaces, at a key junction of Waterloo Road in Lambeth. Over the years, local schools and community groups have helped to create a place that is not just a green space in the heart of the city but also a centre for the whole community.

Contact us: waterloogreen@bost.org.uk

Who are we?

In 2009 BOST and Waterloo Green Trust (WGT) announced a new partnership, working together to secure the future of the Green. A locally led steering group for the Green is being established, to help manage the varied projects and activities hosted on the Green.

What happens at Waterloo Green?

The Green includes a lovely wildlife pond, fountain, trees, a strip of meadow, and seats and grass for local people and workers to relax in. Most of this is kindly maintained by volunteer gardeners who are homeless or recently homeless, through our partnership with Putting Down Roots. The Green is a valuable place for nature in this inner city area, and has local 'SINC' status to identify this.

Partnerships with the local community and schools help us safeguard a vital green space in the heart of the city, while providing facilities and skills to the local area. We rely on partnerships with local groups and schools like Johanna Primary School, and the Tanswell Tenants Association to help us run events on the Green, and encourage wider greening and involvement in gardening. We will continue to run events at Waterloo Green with the support of our new Steering Group, and we have prioritised securing ongoing funding, and tackling anti-social behaviour issues here.

We are working on a long running base of community support for Waterloo Green established since its inception in 2001. The WGT has supported local Friends of Groups in their establishment and management of local works, including Ufford St Recreation Ground and Hatfields Gardens, and has helped revitalise green spaces on local housing estates in schools and community groups. We worked together on the Waterloo Open Spaces Survey, and jointly ran Seed Swap days for local gardeners, and after school gardening clubs in Friars School.

We now have a member of staff (part time) working on environmental events and people's involvement at the Green. Talk to Mary at BOST to find out more.

Contact us at waterloogreen@bost.org.uk if you would like to take part in one of our projects.

Join the Waterloo Millennium Green Steering Group

Do you want to make a tangible difference in your local community? The Steering Group will engender a sense of park ownership and encourage hands on involvement in its management and maintenance. Most importantly, the Group will be the voice of the local community.

Its aims:

  • To maintain and develop interest in Waterloo Millennium Green
  • To improve community cohesion and pride in the area
  • To develop and support a practical environmental project group
  • To discuss and agree improvements to the Green
  • To improve the profile of Waterloo Millennium Green
A recent success was the installation of new signs and benches at Waterloo Millennium Green. BOST would like to thank the Western Riverside Environmental Fund for providing funding for this project.

Volunteer by emailing waterloogreen@bost.org.uk

History of Waterloo Green

In 1975 a successful application for Urban Aid to develop the current site as an Adventure playground was made, and a small committee of parents to develop the site was formed.

An old Thames barge was moved to the site and converted into a play hut. However following funding cuts in the early 80s the site gradually deteriorated and by the late 90s the site was derelict.

In 1997 WGT set to work converting the site into one of the most innovative multi purpose sites in South London.

The local community, including local schools played a significant role in the success of the project, contributing both design ideas and resources to the regeneration.

The site now features the Green, Play Space for children and young people managed by Blackfriars Settlement, and the Living Space: an eco-friendly social enterprise managed by Lambeth Council.