Crossbones July Bulletin

Here’s the July 2022 bulletin by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) who look after the Cross Bones Garden. You can subscribe directly (and for free) on their page: If you sign up for the bulletin, you’ll get it with all the photos and links (for more information) which aren’t given here. Here’s the report from Matt, who’s taking forward the bulletin started by Hej:

Our gardening team is growing – join us!
“Thank you!” from Matt – our new Community Gardener and Engagement Manager Upcoming Events Blessings and Bards (24 July)
Community Biodiversity Day (25 July)
Landscape of Grief (24 September)
Monthly Vigil (23rd of every month)
‘Sanctuary’ Summer photo competition – send in your photos.
“They’re not weeds!” – we’re saving up to save plant pioneers
Monthly recipe – calming fennel tea to survive the heat
Our gardening team is growing. And it needs to be growing. In this heat, we need help watering the garden! And plenty more – composting, cutting back, planting. Training and tools are all provided. We run gardening sessions at Crossbones every Friday from 12 – 2.30 pm. To get involved please email Fay – our Volunteer Coordinator. We need you and look forward to your joining us soon.

Events Coming Up

Blessings and Bards, Sunday 24th July, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Such a beautiful day – and free to attend. A procession from Southwark Cathedral to Crossbones Graveyard is followed by an Act of Regret, Remembrance and Restoration from the Dean of Southwark to those buried at the site. Following the blessing, local champions of Crossbones Graveyard share songs, music and poetry led by George of Peckham.
12.30 pm: Meet at Southwark Cathedral with a walk to Crossbones Graveyard.
12.45 pm: Arrival at Crossbones Graveyard.
1 pm: Act of Regret, Remembrance and Restoration by the Dean of Southwark.
2 pm – 3.30 pm: Bards (songs, music and poetry).
Many thanks to our volunteer wardens for enabling this event by opening the Graveyard. Booking: No need to book but due to the limited space, please come early to secure admittance. This event is free and open to all, wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome. Not sure what to expect? – have a peek at a previous year’s event.

Community Biodiversity Day, Monday 25th July, 1 pm – 5 pm
Join ecologist Jon Best and psychosocial researcher Hannah Reeves to celebrate and document the biodiversity of Crossbones Graveyard. This is an opportunity to learn new skills in a relaxed environment, exploring the ecology and stories behind the plants and critters on site. FREE (all ages welcome) but book a spot now to avoid disappointment. More information on Eventbrite.

Embracing Grief: Welcome to the Landscape of Grief Saturday 24th September, 2.30 pm – 4:30 pm
We see the landscape of grief as much broader than bereavement. People often feel that grief itself is not welcome. It includes a huge range of feelings that may show up in response to any loss, change, or challenge. We will offer a brief introduction to the landscape of grief, and offer a series of exercises to inspire thoughtful reflection, personal creative responses, symbolic ritual, and group solidarity. To join, get a free ticket here – (ticket link on bulletin).

Crossbones Monthly Vigil 23rd of every month 6.45 pm gathering for 7 pm start
Don’t forget that the Crossbones Vigil, held by Friends of Crossbones is on the 23rd of every month at 7 pm outside the gates on Redcross Way.
You can also join the Vigil via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person. Just login to your Zoom account or link on the link here. Meeting ID: 856 2417 8240 Passcode 377295
For more information about the history of the Vigils, see ‘

‘Sanctuary’ themed Photo Competition Deadline 31st August
Have you got any good snaps of Crossbones? We are running a summer-long competition for the best photo that captures the idea of ‘Sanctuary’. We will publicly share our favourite photo here and on Instagram. Fancy yourself a photographer – show us what you’ve got. Send your photos to Matt – Crossbones Engagement Manager:

Many visitors are confused when they come to Crossbones. They ask “why have you let all these weeds come through the cracks? Don’t you have a team of gardeners….?” They are not weeds! Don’t insult our Hollyhocks and Evening Primroses. Don’t you dare point that accusing finger at the Buddleia!

We’re saving up at Crossbones to put in a nature trail, to show how we understand gardening on-site. They’re not weeds but ‘plant pioneers’. We show and share the spirit of Crossbones through our planting- but we have to explain that’s what we’re doing. That’s why we need a nature trail. But we can only do it with your help. We’re saving up to put in a nature trail around the garden – little information signs and QR codes. We need £225 to start building our nature trail. Can you chip in to help us share the spirit of Crossbones with more visitors? Donate £25 to the Crossbones Nature Trail

NB for other links – e.g to eventbrite for tickets- please subscribe to the newsletter on the BOST page: