Bandstand Beds

Food growing in the heart of Clapham

We are a community garden, sustained by dedicated volunteers, aiming to get their hands dirty, get outside, grow vegetables and have a good time. Growing everything from squash to salad and veg for your Sunday roast.

We pride ourselves on providing an area for the local community to discover the joys and benefits of growing and cooking their own food, with the added benefit of taking home freshly picked fruit and vegetables.

Are you interested in the community, gardening, sustainability, the environment, your health or knowledge sharing? If the answer is yes, then drop in and see us.

Our garden is open…

Saturdays • We are a fun group of people who meet to garden between 10am and 1pm with tea and cake at around 11.30. There is a table at our main gate with freshly harvested produce which is available to the public for a donation. Some Saturdays we also hold a laidback lunch or bring and share picnic.

Keep Growing Mondays • A gardening session for the over 55s. A chance to get outdoors in the garden, relax and meet people.

Wednesday evenings • During the summer months we meet on a Wednesday evening from 6pm until around 7.30pm to garden and harvest veg.

If you would like to become a member of Bandstand Beds you can join here.

Events

  • Fri
    21
    Sep
    2018
    7:15 pmMeet at Clapham Common Bandstand

    There's something quite magical about walking across the Common at dusk and spotting a bat fluttering across the skyline. And if you never seen a bat, or wouldn't know one if you did, then joining this walk with Iain is something you really must do!

    The walk will kick-off from the Bandstand and visit areas where Iain has spotted bats on previous occasions.

    Iain told us: 'We usually do a tour of Mount Pond as this as this is always good for bats. But I think this time we can do a short detour to the outside of and around the community garden as there must be bats now using that area as a prime foraging spot.'

    The walks usually last an hour. It's a free event and everyone is welcome!

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    Midday until 5pmWindmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Each year at the end of summer we hold our feast which is always great fun, and this year we're planning to make it better than ever!

    We're working with Lambeth Council and Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC) to combine our annual feast event, part of Capital Growth's Urban Harvest, with Car Free Day on Saturday 22 September.

    Windmill Drive will be closed and as well as food served in our garden the road will be alive with
    fun-filled activities and entertainment, including a pedal powered PA system with singing and spoken word,
    hula-hooping, storytelling and ping-pong.

    There also be a cycle zone with cargo and adapted bike try outs, Dr Bike, a bike market to buy a bike or bring a disused one to sell, and pedal powered smoothies.

    And that's not all... Beside the wildflower haven created this summer by CCMAC, there'll be bugs and beasties workshops and a petting zoo where you can make friends with some unusual animals.

    Sound like fun, then come join us for the afternoon. Everyone welcome!

    For more information email bandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

 

Want more information? Read about our history here. Check out our blog to see what we’ve been up to recently. Or just want to dive straight in, come along and see what volunteering is like? Get in touch with us!