Bankside Open Spaces Trust

Maintain community green spaces by the Thames

4.52 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 volunteer reviews)

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Mon (10:00 - 15:00), Tue (10:00 - 13:00) & Wed (10:00 - 15:30)

Up to 1 volunteers needed

"I had a lovely time doing something I wouldn’t normally do and met some interesting people from very diverse backgrounds," Ana Moreno Sanz

Who will I help?

Are you one of the many thousands of Londoners who live in a built up area without a garden? If so the next best thing is community space to kick a ball, grow veg or soak up some Vitamin D.

That’s what Bankside Open Open Space does. They work with local residents by the Thames to ensure it’s 12 green spaces are meaningful for all.

By relying on local people for help, BOST brings communities together with a shared purpose and a place to spend time together.

How will I help?

Volunteer at BOST and get active in one of two of BOST’s beautiful open spaces – Red Cross Garden on Monday, Christ Church Garden on Tuesday or Waterloo Millennium Green on a Wednesday.

You may find yourself helping out with:

• Weeding and planting
• Pruning shrubs and clearing away
• Preparing flower beds

You will be working alongside BOST regular volunteers, undertaking physical tasks that will make a real difference to these greatly valued gardens.

25 reviews for Bankside Open Spaces Trust

  1. 5 out of 5

    I had a wonderful time volunteering at the Backside open spaces trust. It was a great opportunity to acquire some gardening experience. It was also very nice to spend one entire day completely outdoors and interacting with all kinds of people as 3 homeless people also joined us to volunteer and help out cleaning one of the gardens.

  2. 5 out of 5

    I felt very welcome and useful and would recommend it around me.

    BOST helps in so many of the beautiful parks and gardens around London, it is really nice to spend a day outside and help them maintain this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    I volunteered for half a day with my colleague in the Red Cross Garden. We were given our own little project to work on which was great as we felt a real sense of achievement working through it. We were lucky with the weather, but there were jobs to do under cover had it been a bit rainy. There was a diverse and passionate group of volunteers from all walks of life, and it was great to see everyone getting stuck in!

  4. 3 out of 5

    Physical work, but rewarding.

  5. 5 out of 5

    I had a lovely time doing something I wouldn’t normally get to do. I also met some interesting people from very diverse backgrounds. The weather was not the best but I still managed to really enjoy it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Very worthwhile project and nice to get to do some work outdoors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    I volunteered for Bankside Open Spaces and spent the whole morning/lunch time clearing up the grounds of Southwark Cathedral. We worked well as a team and worked really hard to improve. It felt rewarding being able to help out the community.

  8. 4 out of 5

    I worked with Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) on the morning of 18th September, in the gardens around Southwark Cathedral. It was a real sense of achievement at the end of 3 hours to see the impact our work had; as we were leaving a number of people came to sit in the area just outside the entrance to the Cathedral and commented on the work we had been doing that they could now enjoy. Since then, I have joined the BOST, Twitter and Facebook pages and plan on volunteering again in my own time – it’s a great way to unwind and to enjoy the outdoors, great British weather permitting!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Someone came by to give an overview of the charity and the type of work that they do which I appreciated and enjoyed. It was helpful to understand how my one day of volunteering fit into their overall mission and scope of work, which made the experience more meaningful and less random.

    There was a nice amount of work but still plenty of time to chat – a nice balance between being underutilized and run off my feet! Would definitely volunteer again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gardening work seems to need a lot of help.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The team were really friendly and the work was quite straightforward, but rewarding. Great weather as well! 🙂

  12. 5 out of 5

    I thoroughly enjoyed the day – the people at Bankside Open Spaces Trust couldn’t have been more welcoming! There were lots of jobs to be getting on with which helped maintain an obviously important green space in the community. Everything was well organised and there were always jobs to be getting on with, including cutting back plants and digging. A lovely way to spend a day out of the office.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Very friendly, inclusive and positive people.

  14. 5 out of 5

    I had a wonderful day volunteering. There was plenty to do and I felt that my assistance was valued. The charity seemed extremely grateful for my help and it was rewarding to know I had made a difference. I would love to volunteer again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoyed it – Joel was great, think he’s quite new to the Southwark Cathedral garden.

  16. 5 out of 5

    We enjoyed our day at Bankside Open Spaces Trust. The staff were really welcoming, appreciative and helpful. Staff repeatedly mentioned how much the on going support from Accenture and Benefacto is appreciated. Great to spend the day doing something different from our day jobs!

  17. 3 out of 5

    It was great being able to spend a day outside and help turn a piece of land in central London into somewhere where people can spend some time relaxing and enjoying the garden. Bit hit and miss with the amount of work you are able to do depending on how far along the garden is/ when it was last worked on.

  18. 5 out of 5

    The day was spent pruning roses, shaping hedges and other shrubs at two sites, all within a couple of minutes walking distance. The weather was perfect and it was an enjoyable day. You do not have to be experienced in gardening at all, as you are shown how to do the tasks and the staff are also working alongside you so can ask them anything if you are unsure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    There are a number of small open spaces around the London Bridge area, some of which you would not even know about. I would have stayed for much longer as there was a lot of work to do, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The weather was great which was a bonus. I would be very happy to volunteer at BOST again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Another rewarding day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    It was lovely to spend the day outdoors. The team were very welcoming and included me completely throughout the day! I also learned a lot about gardening. All in all, a very enjoyable day.

  22. 5 out of 5

    It was a really great day that I met some nice people and felt I was giving something back to the community

  23. 5 out of 5

    Great service offered by Benefacto. Well done – makes.volunteering so easy. Thank you

  24. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoyable and rewarding experience. Great team lead and friendly fellow volunteers. If you don’t mind a bit of manual work outdoors – I’d thoroughly recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Great day for a great cause, the charity have done great things with the space at Waterloo Millennium Green.

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