Join us at the Hop Exchange for our Spring Celebration

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Please join us at The Hop Exchange for our Spring Celebration (including AGM) to celebrate the work of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and our supporters.

Please note: The Hop Exchange is grade 2 listed and there are stairs into the building. If you have any access needs, please email or call 020 7403 3393 before the event.

Awards: Presented by Tom Daley & the Mayor of Southwark

Our Story: A year in review

Hello: From our new CEO Charlotte Gilsenan

Keynote: Jo Thompson 4 times Gold Winner RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Meet: Professor Kevin Fenton Strategic Director of Place and Wellbeing Southwark Council

Update: From our Chairman Tim Wood

Food: Est. India award winning local Asian cuisine

Beer: Toast Beer not for profit craft beer made from surplus bread

Wine: Chapel Down world leading multi-award winning English wines

Music: Alda Dizdari and DEA Academy Strings


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Tom Daley

Tom Daley is a Double World Diving Champion, a multi-medal winner at the Olympics and Commonwealth games and local resident. In 2018 he officially opened the Marlborough Sports Garden and continues to support the work we do.



Jo Thompson

Jo has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals, as well as in Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. She is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee, and is the Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel and an RHS Shows Judge. Jo lectures both nationally and internationally, and also tutors at The London College of Garden Design. She is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.

Jo generously supports Future Gardeners, championing our students on their journey towards a new horticultural career.


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Professor Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH

Professor Kevin Fenton is the Strategic Director for Place and Wellbeing at the London Borough of Southwark. In this role, which incorporates the Director for Public Health statutory functions, he leads the Council’s portfolios on Planning, Regeneration, Community and Voluntary Sector Engagement and Public Health. He works across the entire Council to champion and promote health, wellbeing, equity and social regeneration in all policies and programmes.



Alda Dizdari and the DEA Academy Strings

The classical music virtuoso violinist Alda Dizdari, who has recently been featured in the Sunday Times/Culture Magazine, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, is an active member of the Southwark community. Apart from appearing as soloist in major concert venues ( next one, Cadogan Hall on the 7th of May) she offers her brilliant performances to important local causes and for the past 5 years has run a very successful not for profit organisation, DEA Music Academy, helping children from the borough of Southwark, some from disadvantaged backgrounds, create, integrate and improve life through music.



Thank you

None of this would be possible without the work from our incredible team, our tustees, our board members and the continued support from the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

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