Bandstand Beds

Growing into 2017 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? Join us on Saturdays for our weekly gardening meet-up (sometimes coupled with a picnic full of fresh veggies!) and get involved with your community.

Spacehive Crowdfunding Project

We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,149 to install pathways to make our community garden a welcoming and safe place for everyone. Each Saturday we have a stall at our community garden on Windmill Drive and all money donated for produce is pledged to our Spacehive crowdfunding project.

We have until 7 October 2017 to achieve our total goal and we are already more than half way there, but there’s still a long way to go and time is running out… Can you help us achieve our target? If you would like to pledge a donation you can do so by clicking on this link to Spacehive

Events

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Bandstand Beds is taking a break over winter. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Our next Saturday session will be on 28 January 2017. Do get in touch with us if you'd like to get involved.

  • Wed
    15
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmBreak & Roses
  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amWindmill Drive Garden

    Pick up last-minute gifts with a personal touch for mum.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017
    10:30 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.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017
  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017
    11:00 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.

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    1:00 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.

    Book your free ticket here

     

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017
    6:30 pmWindmill Drive Garden

    Details as for 20 May above. Please book places limited

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017
    10:30 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 ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017
    10:30 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 ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017
    7:00 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

    Click here to book your ticket

    To make a donation to help reach our £5000 target click on this link to Spacehive

     

     

  • Sat
    02
    Sep
    2017
    Midday to 8pmClapham Old Town

    Music, dog show, stalls and all the fun of the fair. We will have a stall at the Clapham Old Town Fair selling our fresh produce and pickles to raise money to pledge to our Spacehive crowdunding project.

     

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    Midday 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.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    Midday 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

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Midday to 3.30Windmill 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.

    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.

    Everyone 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!