Your support for the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden benefits volunteers with mental health issues, who maintain this wonderful free public space.
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden was established in 2011 as part of Southbank Centre’s celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.
It was built and is maintained by a group of volunteers who have all experienced homelessness, mental health or substance-abuse problems. The volunteer gardeners all come from a successful project called Grounded EcoTherapy. The project has helped them turn their lives around, with all reporting increased confidence and general wellbeing.
The garden – which offers beautiful wildflowers and vegetable boxes, as well as expansive riverside views – was named the UK's best roof garden by The Telegraph and is maintained year-round by the volunteers. It’s open to the public from April to September each year.
Thanks to the generous support of Southbank Centre's friends, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden continues to flourish as a free public space for everyone in the heart of London. The garden has also helped the volunteers turn their lives around – giving them a new focus, building confidence and improving their wellbeing.