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.
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.
Wed15Feb20177:00 pmBreak & Roses
Sat25Mar201711:00 amWindmill Drive Garden
Pick up last-minute gifts with a personal touch for mum.
Sat29Apr201710:30 amWindmill Drive Garden
What nicer way to finish a gardening session than sharing food that has been grown on-site; bring a dish to contribute to the spread.
Sat20May201710:30 amWindmill Drive Garden
Sat27May201711:00 amClapham Common Bandstand
A celebration of food-growing, with music, spoken word and dance on the Bandstand. There’ll be community stalls and lots of fun activities for everyone.
Sat17Jun20171:00 pmWindmill Drive Garden
On Saturday 17th June Bandstand Beds volunteer led community food growing project, HowellandHarte and Cactus Kitchens are collaborating for London Food Month to host a special Common Cook Up. Utilising fresh produce dug up straight from the community garden that morning Bandstand Beds volunteers, and food blogging duo, Will Howell & Conor Harte will be creating a mouth-watering menu to be enjoyed by all.
Alongside assisting Will & Conor, Cactus Kitchens’ cookery school team will be providing a free taster session of their popular Knife Skills class, giving guests a chance to learn how to handle a kitchen knife with confidence. Top tips will included learning how to dice and slice vegetables and herbs to reduce waste in the kitchen and get the best from seasonal home grown produce.
Bandstand Beds is a community garden project set up in 2013 to encourage locals to get their hands dirty, get outside, grow vegetables and have a good time. The group has grown from 10 to over 90 volunteer members and has been funded and supported by various charities including The Princes Trust, Tesco Bags of Help and Awards for All.
Tue20Jun20176:30 pmWindmill Drive Garden
Details as for 20 May above. Please book places limited
Sat29Jul201710:30 amWindmill Drive Garden
This time of year when it hardly rains, making sure plants are watered can be a nightmare for gardeners. In this two-hour workshop Michel Thill from Social Landscapes will look at practical ways to reduce your need to water plants. We will also brew up some natural fertilisers to use on tomatoes and squashes so they produce tastier and larger fruits. To reserve a place on this pay-what-you-can workshop email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat05Aug201710:30 amWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common
At this workshop led by Hannah Norman, local biologist currently doing a PhD at the Natural History Museum on pollinators, you will learn all about the different insects that pollinate our plants, and their importance to the food we grow. Find out how you can identify, attract and support them in the garden and make your own bee house to take home.
To reserve a place on this pay-what-you-can workshop email email@example.com
Sat05Aug20177:00 pmWindmill Drive Garden
Following on from our hugely popular Cook-up for London Food Month, food bloggers Howell and Harte return to delight us with more of their culinary delights for this supper club in our vegetable garden on Clapham Common.
The evening promises to be a fabulous display of fresh food and al fresco feasting. With a menu based around the garden's seasonal produce, the dishes will champion the virtues of growing your own veg and healthy eating.
Aside from taking the opportunity to showcase our amazing food-growing plot, the supper clubs are being run to help raise £5000 towards our Spacehive crowdfuding to install hoggin pathways to create better access for disabled visitors to the garden as well as making it generally safer for those less steady on their feet. This will allow us to continue our mission to facilitate skill sharing amongst the whole community, in a safe and welcoming space.
Menu may change depending on what is available in the garden, but the food will be entirely vegetarian.
BYOB and let us know if you have any dietary requirements
Suggested donation of £25 per sitting
To make a donation to help reach our £5000 target click on this link to Spacehive
Sat16Sep2017Midday until 4pmWindmill Drive Garden
Join us for our annual autumn feast with delicious food made from our home-grown produce, including something very special from our guest chef Dean from Clapham's top restaurant The Manor. There'll also be lots of activities for adults and children, including gardening, scarecrow making with the folk from The Spinney, and Dr Bike will be with us carrying out cycle maintenance along with security marking by the local police. There will also be a raffle with fab prizes.
All money donated on the day will go towards our Spacehive crowdfunding project to make our garden accessible for everyone.
Sat07Oct2017Midday to 2pmWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common
Join us for a sumptuous Saturday picnic with Parsi-inpsired dishes prepared and cooked by Limbudi.
We are running this fundraising event in partnership with the Green Shoots Foundation and all the money raised will be divided between the charity and Bandstand Beds, to pledge towards our Spacehive crowdfunding project
Sat28Oct201711am to 3.00pmWindmill Drive Garden
This spooky cook-up is being held to say thank you to everyone who supported our Spacehive crowdfunding project and helped us achieve our £5,055 target.
The pathways are in so let's celebrate!
Join us for some delicious grub (ghoulash perhaps?) made from our
home-grown produce, pumpkin carving and other ghostly gardening
goings on... Watch out for the scarecrows!
Sat11Nov201710am to 12.30pmWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common
Community food grower Ruth Arnott will be leading this workshop, planting raspberries and pruning our blackcurrant bushes in our fruit beds opposite the children's playground.
Sat18Nov201710:00 amWindmill Drive Garden
We need dab-hand DIYers to help put together wo large raised beds and fill with soil ready for planting up next spring. Tea & cake at 11.30!
Sat25Nov201710:00 amWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common
In this session community food grower Ruth Arnott will follow on from the recent fruit pruning workshop, mulching the blackcurrant bushes. The group will plant raspberries and redcurrants too (if they arrive in time). Tea & cake at 11.30.
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!