Bandstand Beds

Food growing in the heart of Clapham

We are a community garden run by dedicated volunteers, aiming to get their hands dirty, get outside, grow vegetables and have a good time.

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.

We growing everything from squash to salad and veg for Sunday roast. And all of this lovely local produce is available to our members and passers-by for a donation, which goes towards keeping our garden growing.

Are you interested in the community, gardening, sustainability, the environment, your health and wellbeing or knowledge sharing? If the answer is yes, then drop in and see us – or take a peak at our activities From Seed To Feast in 2018.

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. During the summer months we often hold a laidback lunch, for a pay-what-you-can donation, or a bring and share picnic.

Mondays (from April) • A gardening session for the over 55s, from 11am to 2pm. A chance to get outdoors in the garden, relax and meet people – with tea, cake and lunch!

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.


  • Mon
    11.30am to 1.30pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common


    Drawing can be a wonderfully relaxing, mindful way to enjoy what’s growing in the garden.

    Here at Bandstand Beds we have an array of foliage and flowers crying out to be drawn. Lush pumpkin plants, sleek aubergines and vibrant sunflowers all provide perfect artistic inspiration.

    Come and join us for a drawing session and create your own personal plant pictures to remind you of summer

    All skill levels welcome. Materials provided – along with tea and cake!

    Free workshop but donations welcome to help keep our garden growing – £5 suggested for non-members.

    For more information about this and other activities in our community garden please email



  • Fri
    5pm to 8pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Sitting in the summer sunshine watching a butterfly delicately flit from one flower to another is an absolute delight. But sadly, both butterfly and moth numbers are on the decline.

    So what can we do to make our gardens and green spaces more welcoming for these wonderful creatures?

    May Webber works for Butterfly Conservation, a UK charity dedicated to protecting butterflies, moths and our environment. She is currently leading a Heritage Lottery funded project called Big City Butterflieswhich aims to help Londoners discover their local green spaces and nature within them.

    This talk with May will be an introduction to butterflies and moths, why they are important and how we can increase their natural habitat.

    Join us for a bring-and-share picnic at 5pm, following by the starting at 6.30pm.

    Free event but numbers are limited. If you would like attend please email to reserve a place on the talk.



  • Sat
    10am to 12pmBandstand Beds Garden, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common


    Want to save your own seeds but don’t know where to how to start?

    Some seeds can be saved from plants you’re already growing for food. The easiest plants to save seeds from are those that self- pollinate within their own flowers, with no pollen being carried from another flower by insects. This means the seeds with grow to be the same as the parent plant and be ‘true to type’. And some of the easiest plants to save seeds from are tomatoes, lettuce and calendula.

    In this workshop Richard Galpin, from London Freedom Seed Bank, will explain the basic principles of seed saving and show you how this can be done, using plants growing in our garden.

    The cost of this workshop is a pay-what-you-can-afford donation (£5 suggested minimum non-members of Bandstand Beds).

    To reserve a place on the workshop email





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!