Bankside Open Spaces Trust is a registered environmental and volunteering charity working to protect, preserve and enhance parks, gardens and other amenities in London’s SE1 and surrounding areas. We aim to improve people’s lives by making where they live and work greener and more beautiful.
We were set up in 2000 by Bankside residents with a drive to transform and protect their open spaces. People and communities are still at the heart of what we do. We welcome volunteers from both the community and the corporate sector. We run regular gardening groups, support park steering groups, organise and take part in public events and educational projects, and offer advice to others. We collaborate closely with local residents and businesses to champion green spaces.
Thousands of people enjoy our open spaces every day. Each of our sites is unique, with its own atmosphere, identity and sense of place. Our spaces include Red Cross Garden, Marlborough Sports Garden, Waterloo Millennium Green and Tate Community Garden. Many are award-winning. We hold more than 32 awards, including the UNESCO Man and Biosphere award, London in Bloom Champion of Champions and the MPGA London Spade for our community gardening partnerships.