Opening hours in August 2017

Crossbones Garden of Remembrance is usually open weekdays from 12 noon to 3pm. In August, due to availability of volunteer wardens, the opening hours may vary.

On week beginning 14 August 2017, the garden is scheduled to open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

To confirm if the garden is open on a specific day please call Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) Telephone: 020 7403 3393 Email:

Crossbones May Fair

Tuesday 23rd May, 5pm (followed by 7pm Vigil)
Crossbones Garden of Remembrance, Union Street SE1

a special opening and promenade performance on the site of
the outcasts’ burial ground, exploring its stranger than fiction
true story and the transforming visions it has inspired…

Hosted by JOHN CONSTABLE aka Crow
author of The Southwark Mysteries
and international poets MAMTA SAGAR and ANA SEFEROVIC

5pm Garden opens
5.30 Crow’s magical mystery tour of the garden
with interventions by BETWEEN TEETH theatre
6pm Performance in the garden of songs and poems for Crossbones

7pm the 156th Cross Bones Vigil for the Outcast (at the Red Gates in Redcross Way)

A FREE EVENT! Donations welcome.
Dress for the weather. Bring cushions for comfort.
Under 16s please bring a responsible adult

Consultation on Crossbones Garden of Remembrance

Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST, the charity that manages Crossbones Garden of Remembrance) has been asked by the site-owners Transport for London (TfL) to present a plan for the future of the garden when the adjoining site is developed. Hej from BOST has invited some people to attend a series of ‘Vision Masterplan subcommittee’ workshops ons everal Saturday afternoons in April and May 2017. If you’d like to join, or to find out more, please let her know. Or you can submit ideas by emailing

Friends of Crossbones accept that BOST may need to ‘improve’ the site, and strongly believe that this must be balanced by the determination to protect and enhance what’s already there, including those ‘DIY’ features which embody the unique spirit of Crossbones and which have already established it as an iconic memorial garden attracting visitors from all over the world.

Crossbones Garden of Remembrance

In 2014, the site-owners Transport for London (TfL) granted a lease for Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) to create a ‘meanwhile garden’ on the site of the former burial ground. Work on the garden commenced in 2015.

TfL’s own guidelines make clear the particular constraints relating to the Cross Bones Graveyard area, which is marked on their plans as public open land.

The Crossbones Garden of Remembrance is now open to the public – weekdays from 12 noon to 3pm (and some Saturdays) thanks to Crossbones volunteer wardens. The garden is funded by public donations.

To become a warden or to get involved in community gardening and other projects on site, to make a donation or to help with fundraising, please contact:

Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST): 020 7403 3393
or visit

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