Helen John

Head of Parks and Community

Having graduated with an MA in Landscape Architecture, I was looking for a 'grass roots' company to work with, where I could help create meaningful community spaces. BOST ticked all the right boxes. 

My initial post as the project manager for BOST's Edible Bankside project made me feel part of the local community; it's interesting now meeting the adults who were the 'kids' I showed how to grow potatoes eight years ago. 

My vision for BOST is to keep building on our successes. To be a thriving charity at the heart of the local community. 

I'd like to see BOST creating more and more horticultural hubs around SE1 with local resident groups and businesses alike.

I think BOST has an important role in bridging the gap between the fast paced development in the area and the local community through encouraging developers to see the benefits of open spaces and community facilities and investing in them.

My favourite thing about BOST is the small and dedicated staff team; everyone is passionate about what they do and we work brilliantly together.