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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 a free cup of coffee and a bacon sandwich sets you up for a fun day as we applaud the runners and hand out water. See the elite runners up close and personal as they fly by first, followed by the club runners and the fun runners in their amazing costumes.
You can have a turn on the megaphone cheering on the runners who most need encouragement.

To be part of this amazing opportunity download a registration form here:

Marathon Water Station FORM


Run for BOST at the Virgin Money London Marathon

We are thrilled to announce that we have places for next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017. When you run for BOST you’re helping real people develop new skills, get fitter, be more active and meet new people by volunteering. Support us to create beautiful, inspiring, green oases of calm in the heart of the city.

Download the application form here: Runner Application Form

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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 to sign up.


















We are absolutely delighted to announce that Red Cross Garden has been named as one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

Red Cross Garden, built initially in 1800’s by Octavia Hill, social reformer and one of the founders of the National Trust is now maintained by BOST and cared for by an army of volunteers working tirelessly to keep the garden in beautiful condition. The garden is funded through a mix of grants, donations and fees charged for hiring out for small events.


Red Cross Garden is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that last week received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Paul Ely, Director, Bankside Open Spaces Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the fourth time from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Southwark are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. It highlights the incredible and invaluable contribution of hundreds of volunteers who have worked so hard to make the garden as beautiful as it is today.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”


This summer, Bankside Open Spaces Trust are working in partnership with The Old Vic Community Company to host a brand new theatre production called RISE, in a purpose-built, outdoor theatre space to be installed on Waterloo Millennium Green, London SE1.

The park will slowly transform as an incredible structure, designed by Collective Works, and made partly from reused and recycled materials, starts to appear on the green. The park will remain open to the public throughout both the build and performance programme.

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RISE, by Deirdre Kinahan, and directed by Alexander Ferris, presents a kaleidoscope of ideas, discussions and stories that distil into a human, personal story exploring our relationship with the environment. With music and movement, RISE will explore the impact of living in a city where the temperature is rising.

The production will also see 200 community participants from all walks of life collaborate with a professional creative team to deliver a powerful production that will resonate with first-time audiences and experienced theatregoers alike.

Paul Ely, Director, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, says “We are delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity to local people, to take part in the production and access free theatre on their doorstep in their local park. We are also thrilled that we can offer the highest possible standard of theatre by working with the world renowned Old Vic Company. At BOST we are keen to offer our parks and gardens not only as beautiful natural green spaces, but as creative, participatory and cultural venues offering people new and innovative experiences.

Work to build the theatre space starts on 27th July 2016. Performances run from Wednesday 10th August to Sunday 21st August.

All tickets are free, with approximately 200 available at each performance over 10 shows.

Free tickets can be booked here:

24 hour Emergency Help line to The Old Vic: 07927 217 923



Sand Pitch Bookings We are now taking bookings for the sand pitch online at Openplay and with their new phone app here:

Stay ‘n Play Come along for FREE Stay ‘n Play EVERY WEEKDAY during the summer holidays for beach games, football, patball, badminton and other free play sports. Monday 25th July to Friday 26th August 11am – 2pm.


Free Community Beach Ultimate Frisbee Learn to fly with Ultimate Frisbee!Beginners welcome to this FREE event. Learn the basics of Frisbee then have fun in a friendly tournament. Suitable for teenagers & adults. Feel the sand between your toes as you play on the court in Marlborough Sports Garden, Union Street, SE1 1SD from 1pm to 4pm. Kindly hosted by Thundering Herd Frisbee Team. Saturday 6th August 1 – 4pm.

Free Community Volleyball Go Spike is your chance to try one of the best sports around – volleyball! Whether you’ve never played before and want to give it a go or you haven’t played since you were at school – or on holiday – Go Spike gives you the opportunity to come and try! Come on your own, or bring your friends and get you involved in a game on the sand at Marlborough Sports Garden. Go Spike is aimed at getting adults (aged 16+) into volleyball. Saturday 27th August 1pm – 4pm


A new programme to train young people to become top horticulturists.


We have teamed up with The Worshipful Company of GardenersRoots and Shoots, as well as the Royal Parks Guild, to deliver a brand new programme called Future Gardeners that will run for at least five years.

And we are delighted to announce that we now have a dedicated Future Gardeners worker in place, Louisa Mansfield.

FUTURE GARDENERS is a training and work experience scheme that will see young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across London educated and mentored towards sustainable careers in horticulture.

Open to men and women aged between 18 and 24, it is unique in that it does not require entrants to have minimum educational qualifications.

As well as pre-apprenticeship training in City & Guilds qualifications, the budding horticulturists will have their career options enhanced by being introduced to key employers in the sector, including some at London’s finest parks and gardens.

 Tim Wood, Chairman, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, says: “We are very excited to be helping create London’s next generation of young gardeners. This programme is all about giving people chances, and helping them make London a greener, happier, healthier place for us all.”
Bernard Williams, Master, The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, says: “We are well on the way to realising our objective of making gardening and horticulture a career path for young people who might not have thought of it, had the opportunity to consider it, or are facing challenges within their lives because of disabilities or social issues.”

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crossbones goosewingBOST is very excited to be part of the Find Your London festival taking place across the city from 18-28th March this year.

The festival is over 100 events across London with yoga in the park, bee keeping, treasure hunts, an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and more. Crossbones Garden will be part of the festival from 18th-20th with a special programme of events on the Saturday and Sunday including guided tours by John Constable and Arthur de Mowbray, the artist behind the stunning carved Goosewing entrance, who will be in residence over the weekend to talk about his craft and installation in the garden.

Visitors on Saturday will also have the opportunity to see the highly skilled craftsman John Holt lead a dry stone walling workshop in the garden (please note that places on the course are limited and are being sold in advance of the Festival from The London School of Dry Stone Walling).

Guided tours of the garden led by John Constable:
Saturday 19th March
2.30pm and 3.30pm

Sunday 20th March
11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm

Plus download our free garden explorer app here: Discover Crossbones!

Numbers of visitors to the site may be limited due to capacity and tours will be led on a first come, first served basis.

Plus we will produce an interactive app to guide your way around the garden and help you discover the hidden facts and history of Crossbones. The app will downloadable from this website from the week before the event.


Sadly our ground-breaking project, Edible Bankside, is coming to end this March. Come and celebrate with us the remarkable achievement of the project which has run for over 6 years to help local people living in council estates to grow organic food, learn about the environment and come together as a community. In this time the project has helped to create new food growing areas the size of 3 tennis courts on almost 30 different sites.

The event starts at 11am with presentation and speeches at 1pm. Please join us.


















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London Marathon flyer image compressedBOST has three places for the London Marathon 2016 and we are looking for runners to take up the challenge at the same time as raising funds to help us continue our community gardening work in London. We are asking for a minimum fundraising pledge of £1,600 and will support our runners through social media and mailings to meet that target. If you are interested in taking a place, complete the application form (download) and return to by 11 November 2015. Successful runners will be informed by Friday 13th November.



The BOST annual Flower and Vegetable Show 2015 will be on Friday 18 September from 3-6pm in Red Cross Garden. Everyone is welcome to this free event, which to celebrate 10 years since Red Cross Garden was regenerated, will be packed full of entertainment, live music, crafts, fancy dress as well as the chance to share your memories about the garden, area and open spaces. You can also enter your SE1 grown vegetables and flower displays into the show! The categories are below and entries will be accepted up to 4pm on 18th September.

1. A seasonal SE1 grown floral display
2. Best SE1 grown vegetable & fruit display
3. Best vegetable or fruit animal sculpture
4. Best SE1 grown exotic display
5. Best local home produce – i.e. quiche/cake
6. Best SE1 grown and made jam or chutney
7. Biggest SE1 vegetable of its kind
8. Miniature garden no bigger than a wheelbarrow
9. Biggest SE1 sunflower

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  • "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.

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