Bernie Spain Gardens

Bernie Spain Gardens are a hidden oasis at the heart of the South Bank owned, managed and maintained by Coin Street. Since 1988 Bernie Spain Gardens have been serving the local community offering a quiet place for local residents, workers and millions of visitors to enjoy. The Gardens are named after local resident and founder member of the Coin Street Action Group, Bernadette Spain (1936-84).

Over the years, the the north part of the Gardens, have suffered from constant wear and tear. Can you pledge your support to transform and improve the gardens, and create a sanctuary for generations to enjoy?

Where nature meets the city

Green spaces improve wellbeing and offer a sanctuary for local residents, workers and visitors to the area. Bernie Spain Gardens have not had a major upgrade since they were created in 1988. The Gardens are under ever-increasing pressure from local developments. Large developments in Southwark alone – and within 400m of the Gardens – are bringing over 2000 new residents, 13,000 additional workers, and 1250 new hotel rooms.

Bernie Spain Gardens phase 1 – works start from 2 December 2020

At Coin Street, our vision for improving the tired looking Gardens in the north of the park is moving a step closer thanks to Lambeth Council. Work on phase 1 of the re-landscaping project has just started and runs until April 2021. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.  However, during the works, access will still be possible from the riverside walkway.

Before work starts on the main construction of a new granite boundary wall, we need to implement the agreed tree strategy, which has been developed with great care by our arboricultural adviser and Lambeth’s tree officer.

Our tree strategy aims to improve tree health and resilience

Please be assured the removal of 3 lime trees is being carefully overseen by our tree specialists and much of the work will be done by hand to limit any damage to neighbouring trees which need more space to grow. One strong tree will be replanted once the wall has been built. The tree strategy for the north part of the park is all about tree health and resilience by allowing more space for trees to grow and increasing the variety of tree species. Originally, this part of the park was going to be used for development and planting was only temporary. Coin Street who now owns the park will be creating a lasting sustainable and biodiverse garden for many generations to enjoy.

More than ever before, access to green space is vitally important and we look forward to keeping you updated on a shared community vision to create an oasis on the South Bank.

The north park before

The granite wall, part of phase 1

Sign up to support our garden campaign!

To secure support from Lambeth, Southwark and the Mayor of London we need your help. This will allow Bernie Spain Gardens to provide a sanctuary for generations to enjoy right in the heart of central London. Please sign your name in support here.

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Our vision

Much of Bernie Spain Gardens north was only laid out temporarily since it had been intended to build on it. This is no longer the case and Coin Street has secured planning consent from Lambeth and Southwark Councils to improve the Bernie Spain Gardens north.

To create this haven, we need your help. We’re seeking council and mayoral funding to cover the capital cost of delivering this vital landscaping project – and we need as much public support as possible to get that funding. Signing your name in support of this project will help us give nature a place to play. With over 80 new pollinator plant species and a variety of new trees, the redeveloped Gardens will be the ideal home for singing birds and buzzing bees.

Coin Street believes that the intense pressure from these developments and from tourists make a very strong case for Lambeth, Southwark and the Mayor of London to help fund the capital costs of creating this beautiful green space and help deliver long-term sustainable, environmental, health and wellbeing benefits to the local area.

Designed for our community

A design with strong engagement and support by local residents means we have visionary landscaping plans to create beautiful new pollinator flowerbeds that will provide a haven for butterflies and bees; open grass areas for play and relaxation; new varieties of trees providing all-year colour and improving air quality; a new Gardeners’ Pavilion, as a base for a new head gardener and deputy, trainee gardeners and apprentices, and for community volunteers. Coin Street will appoint the new on-site staff and meet the ongoing costs of maintaining the new Gardens to the highest standards.

A landscape design competition commenced in 2017, and detailed design work began in 2018. The re-landscaping project developed through this process received planning approval from Lambeth and Southwark in Spring 2019. Dutch landscape architect West 8 won the landscape design competition for its ‘pollinator garden’.

For more information please email Geena Patel, Communications Coordinator.

Get gardening

Love the gardens and fancy some gardening? We run gardening activities at Bernie Spain Gardens and elsewhere locally. To get involved in our Gentle Gardening sessions please get in touch with Laura on 020 7021 1600 or l.reynolds@coinstreet.org for further information. Open to all regardless of age or ability.