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

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018
    10am to 1pmWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common

    Every so often during the summer we have a glut of produce in the garden, such as courgettes or apples, and one way to make sure not of this lovely food goes to waste is to preserve it as chutney.

    If you’ve ever tasted our chutneys you’ll know they're delicious - and now you can make them too!.

    During this session Diana Linskey will give a step by step guide on how she makes our chutneys and will share some top tips she’s picked up through her years of jam making and preserving.

    This is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    If you would like to receive our weekly members’ email updates about workshops, events and activities in the garden you can find out how to join our group by clicking on this link.

     

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018
    11am to 12.30pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Are you passionate about food and the environment?

    Do you want to make a difference to the planet?

    Yes? Then this Small Change Big Difference workshop will definitely tickle your taste buds!

    The average family in London loses £70 a month to food waste. A whopping 910,000 tonnes of it goes to landfill every year, but the Small Change Big Difference campaign would like to change this.

    In this a bite-size workshop in our garden you'll pick up genius tips and tricks on how to reduce waste, save money and make the most of your food. Small changes add up to make a big difference

    This workshop is FREE but you will need to reserve a place by clicking on this link to Eventbrite.

     

     

  • 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!

 

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!