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Mint Street Park: bring the family

On Friday 25th May from 4pm – 6pm there will be live music, children’s sports and a chance to talk about the changes proposed for Mint Street Park. Refreshments and bouncy castle…

Mint Street Park is an open space in The Borough on the site of the old Evelina Children’s Hospital (now in Lambeth Palace Road). It is located off of Southwark Bridge Road and is maintained by Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

Pop-up gardens planned across Southbank, Bankside, and London Bridge

Cityscapes, a not-for-profit alliance of artists and designers, is planning the temporary gardens as part of the inaugural Chelsea Fringe festival timed to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The group has teamed up with seven members of the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter: the Design Museum, the Architecture Foundation, Tate Modern, the National Theatre, the London Eye, The Old Vic Tunnels and the Imperial War Museum.

According to Cityscapes, famous names from art, fashion, theatre, architecture, music and dance will work with accomplished garden designers to create new garden installations offering unexpected and unusual solutions to design and social challenges.

“With the the world’s eyes on us for the Olympics, what better time to show a blooming London by greening up some of London’s best landmarks?” asks Cityscapes director Darryl Moore.

“Cityscapes is a series of cross-disciplinary. collaborations aimed at producing six innovative green spaces in the cultural heartland of London’s South Bank and Bankside.

“It’s about taking show gardens to the streets – producing floral drift downriver from Chelsea to the South Bank.”

While the Chelsea Flower Show runs for just a few days in late May, Cityscapes wants its temporary gardens to remain in place for nearly four months from 19 May till The Mayor’s Thames Festival in early September.

“Following the project they will be found new homes where they will become an integral part of the social fabric of their new communities,” says Darryl Moore.

Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey has lent his backing to Cityscapes’ ideas.

“The creative challenges and imaginative possibilities Cityscapes offer excite us and we can see how it will be a unique experience for both Londoners and visitors, in what is going to be a stimulating and busy year,” says Kevin Spacey.

“We see the garden as something that will complement and interact with the diverse range of events we host at The Old Vic Tunnels, as well as those in the Cultural Quarter as a whole.”

Andy Sturgeon created this temporary garden inside a capsule of the London Eye to promote the cityscapes project. The capsule was also marketing champagne, and so there was lots of champagne in the pod alongside the petunias.

Buzz and Flutter: Family fun in Archbishops Park

As part of the events surrounding Chelsea Fringe Festival, Archbishop’s Park will be hosting free fun days every weekend until 10th June, starting this weekend.

The Big Buzz and Flutter will this weekend include include creating a lavender hedge and mosaic-making (11am-1pm), and in the afternoon you can make seed bombs and join a storytelling session. Check the full timetable of activities here.

Get growing now!! To enter the Flower and Vegetable show this Autumn

(From LondonSE1 site) Bankside Open Spaces Trust is inviting SE1 residents to grow flowers and vegetables or make cakes and chutneys for a flower show in celebration of Octavia Hill a century after her death.

SE1 flower and vegetable show to celebrate Octavia Hill centenary

SE1 flower and vegetable show to celebrate Octavia Hill centenary

The Flower and Vegetable Show on Friday 14 September is a tribute to the Southwark Flower Show Octavia Hill regularly held at Red Cross Garden over a century ago.

Hill was a prominent social reformer and founder of Red Cross Garden and the National Trust.

With five months to go, BOST is urging local residents to start growing in preparation for the big day.

“We are really looking forward to bringing together the many different individuals and groups working on Edible Bankside gardens, and at the same time honouring the work of the great open spaces campaigner, Octavia Hill, who helped make this area green for the people who live here,” says BOST director Helen Firminger.

“We hope as many people as possible can join us.”

For more information, if you’d like seeds or help growing your flowers or vegetables – or if you would like to know where your nearest Edible Bankside garden is – you can contact Nicola or Hej at BOST on 020 7403 3393 or

Full instructions for how to enter the show, as well as details of judges and prizes, will soon be available at

The show, which is open to entries from individuals and groups, will have 12 categories:

A seasonal SE1 grown floral display in a small vase – judged for presentation and variety

Best SE1 September Display – vegetable and fruit display in a bowl or basket

Most Unusual SE1 Vegetable eg unusual shaped carrot

SE1 goes Exotic – home grown fruit or vegetable display eg okra, melon, tomatillo

Best home produce entry – must contain at least some SE1 ingredients e.g. quiche, carrot cake, chutney

Most interesting arrangement – container with SE1-grown flowers and vegetables eg in a shoe , tea cup, toy etc. (adult & under-14 sections)

Biggest SE1 Pumpkin – or squash or marrow or other member of the gourd family.

Best painting or drawing of a local flower or garden (adult & under-14 sections)

Best photograph of a local flower or garden (adult & under-14 sections)

Best SE1 Sunflower (under-14s)

Paper garden which can be created on the day (under-14s)

Best Octavia Hill Pelargonium (adult & under-14 sections).

Plug plants can be potted up and collected at the Red Cross Garden during the May Festival on Friday 11 May. If you cannot make the May Festival event please get in contact with Agnes at BOST to collect your plug plant from Red Cross Garden while stocks last.

BOST EcoHouse Launch!

Bankside Open Spaces Trust’s new Ecohouse HQ shall serve as a base for all our community gardening and park projects. It is a truly unique building that boasts a multitude of environmentally friendly features, which you haven’t seen anything quite like before!

There will be some activities provided for children on the day. Plus take a free vegetable plant home with you.

We hope this will be a great opportunity for you to meet your neighbours and find out about the work Bankside Open Spaces Trust is doing to improve the local green and open places.


2nd May 2012

Come and look around the building from 3:30pm-5:30pm with speeches at 4:30pm

Bost EcoHouse, Ayres Street, London, SE11EX


Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) is getting busy. New garden plots and gardeners seem to be springing up all around Blackfriars and Waterloo and Borough. Check the website for more information, or just turn up to one of the sessions listed here:


Every Monday, meet at Redcross Gardens at about 10:30am.  Contact Peter:

Every Wednesday, meet at Livingspace, Waterloo, 10:30am.  Contact:

Every Tuesday meet at Christchurch, Blackfriars Road, 9:30am. Contact:


First Thursday of the month, food growing/ general garden maintenance, meet at Lucy Brown House, Park St, 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

Second Saturday of the month, food growing, Diversity Garden, King James St, 10am – 1pm.

Last Wednesday of the month, food growing, meet at Diversity Garden, King James St 10am – 11:30am.

Last Wednesday of the month, food growing, Gateway Centre, Lancaster St, 11:30am – 1pm.

Last Saturday of the month, food growing, Sumner Buildings, Sumner St, 9:30am – 11:30am.

Last Saturday of the month, food growing,’Redman Green’, behind Redman House, Borough High St end of Lant St, 12pm – 2pm

Last Saturday of the month, food growing,’Perkins Park, off Perkins Square, Maiden Lane, 3pm – 4:30pm.