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Introducing Bankside’s latest relaxing green space

Bankside and You Success Story
Volunteers club together to create a new garden for the Bridge café
73-81 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 0NQ
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Coffee sacks from Monmouth Coffee planted with herbs and shrubs
    Coffee sacks from Monmouth Coffee planted with herbs and shrubs
  • Volunteers from HSBC show off their green skills!
    Volunteers from HSBC show off their green skills!

Bankside Urban Forest has created another green haven with the help of local employees and businesses.

The Bridge café is a popular local spot run by the charity YWCA on the ground floor of their building on Southwark Bridge Road, but passers-by often missed the small decked garden. Now, thanks to volunteers from HSBC, Mace, the GLA and the Ecology Consultancy, it has been transformed into a space for people working and living in Bankside to enjoy.

Over 100 shrubs, climbers and fragrant edible herbs like rosemary and thyme were planted to green up the yard and make it into a tranquil oasis adjacent to bustling Southwark Bridge Road. With views of both The Shard and the London Eye, this peaceful space is now greener and with a variety of plants will encourage greater biodiversity in Bankside.

Alongside the volunteers, local businesses helped make the project possible with generous in-kind donations: Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market donated hessian sacks to make charming and quirky planters and The Goodlife Centre built a timber raised planter with materials donated by Gilbert Ash, the contractors building the Crane Building on Lavington Street. Soil and plants were donated by CJS plants (the experts who look after the beautiful hanging baskets you’ll have spotted around Bankside) and the Secret Garden stall in Borough Market helped supply more herbs for planting.

The Bankside Urban Forest programme hopes to create more small gardens and green spaces for people to enjoy.

If you have spotted a neglected space in Bankside or would like to volunteer to transform the next one, contact Valerie Beirne, vb [at] betterbankside.co.uk.

Jul 29 2013