Do a spot of gardening in a hidden oasis by the South Bank 

A green space amid the hustle

Where: Bernie Spain Gardens

Bernie Spain Gardens is a small but perfectly formed green space by the South Bank centre, that was partly designed by local residents. The garden is named after Bernadette Spain, a psychologist and activist who lived locally and advocated for the quality of life of children with disabilities. 

It was first laid out in 1988, with a variety of trees, flowers and lawns, along with facilities for trainee gardeners and community volunteers to practise their gardening skills. The 'Gentle Gardening' sessions have been running every Tuesday since 2014, and are free for anyone to take part; you can expect to learn tips for growing plants indoors and outdoors, as well as free tea and coffee and even the occasional bit of cooking. 

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