A Public Garden for Crossbones Graveyard

by Bankside Open Spaces Trust

About the project


Tipping Point £7,000
Final Milestoe £30,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project


What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Thousands of unfortunate people are buried in this small space. BOST will make the site safe and create a lovely natural raised garden for visitors to experience the unique ambience for the first time in over 100 years.

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

The burial ground was closed in the mid 1800's due to the overcrowding of some 15,000 remains. There has been a strong following of the graveyard by the Friends of Crossbones for the last 16 years and it is visited by thousands of tourists.

There is great demand for this burial site to be open to the public and BOST now has a lease for three years to fulfil this.

What is your solution?

We want to raise money for building dry stone walled beds, rubble beds, a pond, paved access and storage areas for composting and tools. We want to fill it with flowers and create a space for arts, performances and quiet reflection. We will build these in the form of work days with volunteers, young people and local office workers. The whole community will be invited to join in and create this special garden to honour the many nameless women, children and men buried here.

Photos by: katynicholls@icloud.com & JANSOS

How will you deliver this?

As more of the garden is created we can have more public open days and gardening clubs to maintain the beds and keep the site tidy, safe and looking beautiful.

There will also be special events with local artists, historians, poets, singers and actors.

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    Read up on the history of Crossbones and tell the story to others
  • Regular time commitment
    Come and help take care of the garden – regular gardening days begin in April (tbc) Contact BOST info@bost.org.uk

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Nicola Desmond 11 March 2015 - 14:36

Hello Claire, Thank you for highlighting this. We have added it to our Facebook page. Best of luck!

Claire Shaw 09 March 2015 - 19:33

Great news that Crossbones is finally getting the makeover it deserves. My friend, Danish artist Bo Gorzelak Pedersen, is running an online auction on Facebook this week (9/3/15) to raise funds.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Vision: A thriving network of community-managed green places Mission/ About Us: Bankside Open Spaces Trust brings people together to create and care for inspiring green places. We do this by facilitating volunteers and community champions, supporting food growing areas in housing estates, and running outdoor activities and events. Together we care for gardens and parks across the SE1 area. We have sole responsibility for Red Cross Garden, Waterloo Millennium Green, and the Sportsgarden at the Marlborough. We value the partnerships we are building to do all this, including with residents, businesses, and local authorities.

Geographical coverage

Within a city/shire

Who do we help?

BOST supports and inspires local communities in SE1 to improve, create and enjoy the limited number of nearby open space. The area between London Bridge and Waterloo is heavily built-up, with few parks and other open spaces but with thousands of people living in flats provided by social landlords. By developing parks and gardens, BOST works with local people to provide a relief from the stresses of urban living. BOST is an inclusive locally-led charity which works with local people to ensure that ideas for improvement are realistic and meet community needs. It raises funds for the regeneration of open spaces and oversees improvements. BOST has supported residents with setting up gardening clubs, choosing new play equipment, designing and creating new gardens, making access improvements and re-landscaping existing open spaces. Volunteering, community engagement and partnership working are crucial to these activities.

Awards And Recognitions

The BOST community recently received three major awards in recognition of the quality of the work we carry out in involving people in green places, wildlife and food growing: The UK UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Award: Urban Wildlife Award for Excellence 2013. The Award was given alongside the publication of a case study on BOST as an exemplar service by the government’s advisory body on nature, Natural England. The Award for Excellence is for bringing people together to create inspirational urban green places that reconnect people and nature in the Bankside area. The RHS Britain in Bloom 2013: Certificate of Distinction. This recognition was given for BOST’s exemplary work in community gardening, as a result of achieving the award of ‘Outstanding’ for four years running and ‘Champion of Champions’ in ‘London in Bloom’ in 2014. The Southwark Council Housing Heroes Award for the Best Community initiative. This award, given to ‘Edible Bankside’, framed the context for those above and showed BOST was demonstrating a standard of excellence appreciated locally and by our most important stakeholders.