Bankside Open Spaces Trust

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Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) is specialist and multi-award winning horticulture, gardening and management of urban open space charity, based in Bankside, the southern bank by the River Thames, Southwark, Central London, England. BOST services clients in London and supports and inspires people of local communities and organisations, among others Tate Modern community garden, Britain's national gallery of international modern art, to improve, create and enjoy the parks, gardens, green spaces, and, passive and active recreation areas.

The charity supports and services a broad and thriving network of park, community managed green spaces and open spaces groups to carry out consultation, fundraise and oversee improvements. BOST has supported residents with choosing new play equipment, bespoke garden design, bespoke garden feature design, and developing new areas, making access improvements and re-landscaping.

BOST helps to initiate and run community gardening clubs, awards small grants for local horticulture projects and both organises and hires out parks and open spaces for celebratory public and private events. BOST has set up a community garden resource centre with a pond, encourages people to grow their own food - vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and bushes - through 'edible projects' utilising raised-bed gardening and planting, and also provides informal horticultural training, landscape maintenance, garden maintenance, grounds maintenance and gardening work experience in the local parks, gardens and open spaces.

History[edit]

Founded in 2000, the charitable work of BOST is based in Red Cross Garden, London's first pocket park and an 1887 Victorian creation of Octavia Hill, the English social reformer. Hill also championed providing green and open spaces to people, and helped to save London's Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields from being built on as well as was one of the three founders of the National Trust.

Located between Tower Bridge, Southwark, and Waterloo, Lambeth, districts of Central London, England, these areas have few parks and open spaces and BOST works to enhance and make sure that they meet the needs of local communities.

Gardens & Open Spaces[edit]

Londoners, local workers and tourists use the parks and community gardens each day. An eclectic mix of green and open spaces provides opportunities for relaxation, escape and healthy living in Bankside and Waterloo. A walk outdoors or a picnic, sports, activities designed to entertain, community and commercial events.

BOST spaces are open and free to explore and widely used for everyone and by people and organisations hosting outdoor events such as , community projects, fetes, festivals, parties, film hire, photo shoots, sports activities and tournaments, and corporate events. Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) manages parks and gardens, conserving the spaces to ensure future generations can enjoy them. BOST look after the following:

Red Cross Garden[edit]

A great place for garden lovers located just south from the famous farmers market at Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London, England. Red Cross Garden was laid out in 1887 and is a key element in what is considered to be one of Octavia Hill's finest environmental and social schemes. Three elements together improved the lives of those living in squalid, wretched Southwark at the time - The Garden, The Hall, The Cottages. For a more comprehensive read on these elements that includes a broad historical perspective and the present day Red Cross Garden, see 'External Links', below.

Waterloo Millenium Green[edit]

Escape the urban city in the relaxing and charming Millenium Green Waterloo nestled across the road from The Old Vic theatre or a 1 minute walk from Waterloo Station in London situated on the corner of The Cut and Waterloo Road. There are wildflowers, dragonflies hovering over the pond with seating and a separate cascading rock water feature, space to relax and enjoy nature, read a book, children can play and community and corporate events can be hosted.

The Malborough Sports Gardens[edit]

The Marlborough Sports Garden is a fantastic open space for sports and play located in Union Street off of Borough High Street in the London Borough of Southwark where also in the vicinity literary greats such as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens gained inspiration for their works. The leisure facility is available to hire for a variety of private or corporate events and free for all who reside and work in the SE1 area when it is not booked. There are a number of options such as a five-a-side football pitch, a beach volleyball area, a basketball court and spaces for people to sit and relax whilst others are active. Historically the Duchess of Marlborough in 1919 decreed that ‘Surplus land from an insanitary area between Borough High Street and Redcross Street should be used as a recreation ground’.

Diversity Garden[edit]

Tate Modern community garden[edit]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

The charity has been honoured with certain awards deemed to be deserving of special recognition in the field of horticulture.


2013, UK Man and Biosphere Urban Forum’s Award for Excellence. Awarding body UK Man and Biosphere Committee - The Man and the Biosphere Programme MAB, or MaB, a sub group of UNESCO


2013, RHS Certificate of Achievement, Britain in Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood - Royal Horticultural Society

2013, RHS Outstanding, Level 5, London in Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood - Royal Horticultural Society

2012, RHS Outstanding, Level 5, London in Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood - Royal Horticultural Society

2011, RHS Outstanding, Level 5, London in Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood - Royal Horticultural Society

2010, RHS Outstanding, Level 5, London in Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood - Royal Horticultural Society


2010, 1 Gold and 2 Silver-gilt awards - Southwark in Bloom

2009, 2 Silver-gilt and 1 Silver awards - Southwark in Bloom

2008, 1 Gold and 1 Silver-gilt awards - Southwark in Bloom

2007, First Prize, Best Supported Community Area - Southwark in Bloom


2010, Green Corners Award - The Conservation Foundation

2008, Green Corners Award - The Conservation Foundation


2011/12, Green Pennant Award (of The Green Flag Award), Red Cross Garden - GreenSpace

2009/10, Green Pennant Award (of The Green Flag Award), Red Cross Garden - GreenSpace

2007/08, Green Pennant Award (of The Green Flag Award), Red Cross Garden - GreenSpace


2009, Capital Growth Award - London in Bloom


2008, Gold Star Status, for involving people from marginalised backgrounds in volunteering - Cabinet Office

2007, Gold Star Status, for involving people from marginalised backgrounds in volunteering - Cabinet Office

2006, Gold Star Status, for involving people from marginalised backgrounds in volunteering - Cabinet Office


Partners & Funders[edit]

The organisation is supported by a number of the notable major local and national charitable foundations serving the region, and several of the major London Livery Companies. It has projects in cooperation with the Tate Modern and other London organisations.

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Volunteering[edit]

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