Crossbones Garden in Redcross Way was boarded up and closed to general public for many years.
Behind the hoardings is a post-medieval, unconsecrated paupers' burial ground with the remains of an estimated 15,000 people buried there.
Since January 2015 Bankside Open Spaces Trust has been working with the Friends of Crossbones to create a public garden there. The site has great local and London-wide significance as a non-denominational, non-judgemental place where the 'outcast dead' can be remembered.
Crossbones is opened thanks to the generosity of Volunteer Wardens who give their time to supervise the garden while it is open to the public.
Crossbones Volunteer Wardens are responsible for opening the garden to the general public and being a constant, welcoming and informational presence during the opening hours.
A detailed knowledge of the site is not required. BOST is recruiting more volunteers to help at the garden, particularly at the weekends.
The next training session will be run on Saturday 19 March for new wardens, which will include an introduction to the space by John Constable.
If you are interested in becoming a Crossbones Volunteer Warden please email [email protected] or call 020 7403 3393 for more information and to book your place on the induction on 19 March.
Please note that places on the training are limited but more sessions are intended throughout 2016.
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