News and 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 !

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When you run for BOST the funds you raise will be helping people develop new skills, get fitter, be more active and meet new people by volunteering.

Supporting us will create beautiful, inspiring, green oases of calm in the heart of the city.

The amazing contributions of our Marathon runners in 2017 played a key part in financing our work in the community. It will be lovely to have you with us as part of the BOST team in 2018.

So if you want to go the extra distance, to apply for one of the places we have available, you just need to complete and return a form which you can

download here: Marathon 2018_Runner Application

Please email or call  020 7403 3393 for more details.

Places will be allocated by the 8th January




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.

Please feel free to share with any friends and colleagues who you think would like to join us. The more the merrier!

Hope you can join us.

The BOST Team



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 a Garden of Remembrance

Hosted by John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries, with Katy Nicholls

Garden opens at 2pm

2.30pm and 5pmhistorical tours of Crossbones Graveyard

Performances from 3pm

Wolf’s Head and Vixen Morris – gothic dances
Tom Baker 
– darkside accordion ballads Fran Loze – haunting cello
Cunning Folk – south London folk songs Mervyn Syna – outlaw ukulele
from The Southwark Mysteries
Herbal lore with Karen Howell from The Old Operating Theatre

Light refreshments, an open hearth and You!

FREE! Donations for the garden welcome.
An open-air event. Please dress for the weather. Bring cushions for comfort.
Under 16s please bring a responsible adult

Presented by Friends of Crossbones

in association with Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)  


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Thank you to the support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Team London and London Borough of Southwark

The quietway planters on Webber Street have been transformed thanks to support from our partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and volunteers from Team London, The Good Gym. The planters were project managed and designed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust. The planters will not only provide greenery for the local community to enjoy, it will provide forage for our bees, making a green corridor. I hope you enjoy the new planting and it brings a smile, as you walk past.

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New impetus for The Great Get Together Bankside

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 the area has ever seen. The event which is planned for Sunday, 18 June forms part of ‘The Great Get Together’, a nationwide event inspired by MP Jo Cox and marks the first anniversary of her murder.

The Get Together has taken on a new significance, given the terrorist attacks on Saturday night. Our community in this part of Southwark, which includes Borough Market and London Bridge, remains in a reflective, sombre mood. Despite the events of last weekend, the community is undimmed and united and this event will reflect the strength, friendship and resilience of the community groups, businesses and residents in the area and the determination that this continues to flourish.

Joseph Bonner, Vice Chairman of BOST said: “Plans for this event have a new impetus in light of the recent attacks in the local area. Bankside Open Spaces Trust brings people together every day in the parks and gardens we manage in this part of London. We are inviting everyone of peace – residents and those who work in the area – to get together to celebrate our community and all that we hold in common.”

An extravaganza of food, music, entertainment and competitions including bake offs, bark offs and wacky races will all form a day for all the family. It promises to be an exciting day to help bring us together. Star attractions will include a dog show, urban farm, wacky races, pop-up fitness classes, a kid’s zone with Punch and Judy and maypole dancing. A mouth-watering selection of food from around the world will be available, including a Feast on the Street from eco-chef Tom Hunt (pre-booking essential). This will be complimented by a great drinks choice including from cocktail superstars Bompas and Parr and others. Also unmissable will be live music over four stages, from a variety of artists, and including jazz, funk, classical and country. Music will come from SuperGlad, Corsica Studios, Pandemonium Drummers (from the London 2012 Olympic Games), Purcell School, the NHS Choir and many, many more. In addition there will be comedy from local talent ahead of their scheduled appearance at the Edinburgh Festival, and scenes re-enacted from selected Shakespeare works.


BOST gears up for Great Get Together

On Sunday 18 June we are hosting what is likely to be the biggest street party the area has seen, with everything from bake offs to bark offs. It’s all part of ‘The Great Get Together’, a nationwide event inspired by Jo Cox and marks the first anniversary of her murder.

BOST is inviting people – residents and those who work in the area – to get together to celebrate all that we hold in common. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.

We bring people together every day in the parks and gardens we manage in this part of London. Our street party is being held in an area rich in history where some extraordinary women, such as Octavia Hill and Janet Johnson, worked and lived to improve the lives of others. Inspired by this and the life and work of Jo Cox, there is no better place to get together on 18 June

We are delighted that David Haye has agreed to join us on the day as a special guest and that local businesses and organisations have engaged with the event with such enthusiasm.

Plans are being developed for a street party which will cater for a variety of activities and be zoned to allow for young and old to enjoy. We will have street closures and parking suspensions in place to allow people to enjoy the event safely. BOST sites at Redcross Garden will be transformed in to a village fete with maypole dancing, Punch and Judy, bake off and summer cocktails from Bompas and Parr. Crossbones Graveyard Garden will be reserved as a tranquil place to rest and enjoy.

Activities will include:
Great Bankside Bark Off Dog Show.
Gentlemen Baristas Great Wacky Races.
‘At Your Beat – a new dance fitness brand taking London by storm, holding their first ever StreetBeat party.’
Live music across three stages.
Great Kids Zone and a mobile farm
Vintage Market at Flat Iron Square
Food and drink available from local businesses.

The street party will take place from 12 noon and the final music programme will end at 9pm. Redcross Way (south of Southwark St to Quilp St), Union St (from Southwark Bridge Rd to Borough High St) is where the street party will take place. These roads, together with O’meara St and Ayres St will be closed to traffic and parking suspended from 7pm on Saturday 17 June until 11.55pm on Sunday.

More details, including music and performances will be available in the coming weeks. Volunteers to help with the event would be most welcome. If you would like to be involved as a resident or a business please get in touch at

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 is based at our offices in the gardens in Redcross Way SE1 and is a part-time, permanent post.

To find out more please download the application pack here with full details of how to apply: Bookkeeper & finance assistant PE

The deadline for applications is Monday 24th April 2017 at 9am.

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.”

To find out more please email

















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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