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Help turn Crossbones Graveyard into a beautiful public garden

Bankside and You Opportunity
Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of hands on activities and for valuable fundraising for the project
Redcross Way

Good news for all those who are looking for a peaceful green place in busy Bankside. We are delighted to announce that work has started on a partnership project to create a garden at Crossbones Graveyard.

Crossbones is on the junction of Redcross Way and Union Street, just up the street from Red Cross Garden, and is currently closed. Behind the hoardings and under the rubble is a post-medieval, unconsecrated burial ground with the remains of up to 15,000 poor people buried there. The graveyard gates on Redcross Way are permanently decorated with a changing array of messages, ribbons, flowers and other tokens.

The graveyard and the shrine have been championed by local writer John Constable and other caring folk. BOST is working closely with John, the Friends of Crossbones, and other local individuals and companies. Their vision together is for a garden led by local people, that shows respect to the outcast dead who are buried beneath, and provides a sensitive contemplative environment for all who would spend time here.

To create the garden, they are beginning to carefully cover and protect the remains of the dead, and build drystone wall beds to create a raised garden for all those who would like to contemplate life in a green environment.It is going to be a major undertaking and they would very much welcome your help.

Can you help?

If you can help by sponsoring a company work day, volunteering in one of their public events, or by donating to their fundraising campaign we would very much like to hear from you. .

It has been a major accomplishment to get where they are now, with a three year lease, planning permission, comprehensive surveys, and a costed development plan for the garden. BOST would like to thank everyone who has helped get them to this stage but more work still needs to be done!

sak [at] (subject: Cross%20Bones%20Graveyard) (Please do get in touch if you would like to help).

More information about the project can be found on the attachements to the side of this article or watch this video

Find out more about the history and cultural significance of the garden on

Mar 24 2015