Bernie Spain Gardens

An oasis at the heart of our neighbourhood, Bernie Spain Gardens is enjoyed by local residents, local employees and millions visitors every year.

The Gardens are named after Bernadette Spain, a local campaigner for health and housing provision in the 1980s. They are owned, managed and maintained by Coin Street Community Builders.

Planned upgrade

Bernie Spain Gardens have not had a major upgrade since they were created in 1988. Since then the neighbourhood has experienced significant change with new homes, offices and hotels being built. To maintain this well-used and much-loved local amenity, improvements are taking place.

The proposals follow consultation with neighbours in 2016. 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’. Read more about our plans for the gardens in our leaflet and show your support for the upgrade here.


CGI of the pollinator garden by West 8

West 8’s design for the north part of Bernie Spain Gardens

The new design includes a wider variety of trees and new ‘pollinator’ flower beds to create year-round colour and interest. Lawns, seating and lighting will be updated. There will also be facilities for a head gardener, deputy head gardener, trainees and volunteer gardeners.

A reference group of local residents reviewed the plans as they evolved. Sustainability is key and there was a particular focus on the management and maintenance strategy for the new gardens.

Planning consent from Lambeth and Southwark to create the ‘pollinator garden’ has been granted. This includes a new garden and seating between the former Television Centre and riverside walkway, and a pedestrian bridge linking Bernie Spain Gardens to the courtyard at Oxo Tower Wharf.

For more information please email Sue Broome, Head of Communications (interim).

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 for further information. Open to all regardless of age or ability.