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) • Grown-up Gardening for the over 55s, from 11am to 2pm. A chance to get outdoors in the garden, relax and meet people – with tea and cake!

Wednesday evenings • During the summer months we meet on Wednesday evenings 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.

We are currently fundraising to lay pathway and install a composting toilet in our community garden. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of this project please click on this link, or email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

Events

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019
    10 to 12.30Bandstand Beds Gararden , Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    Happy new year!

    We had an amazing time in our garden in 2018 as you can see from this link to Ollie Smallwood's film From Seed to Feast, and we're hoping this one will be even better.

    One of our aims in 2018 was to raise money to install a pathway through our polytunnel to resolve a drainage issue and make it fully accessible for year-round gardening.

    To make this happen we were recently selected for a Tesco Bags of Help grant of £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000 depending on the in-store vote by shoppers - so we need your help too. To find out more click on this link.

    Right now, we need to start preparing the garden for work to begin early spring (hopefully), and that's what we'll be doing on the 19th.

    Hope you will be able to join us, but remember it will be cold so wear plenty of layers.

    There'll be warming homemade soup at the end of the morning!

    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.

     

     

     

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019
    7:00 pmOmnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside

    CCMAC's annual open meeting is an opportunity for residents and users of Clapham Common to hear about future plans for their treasured and iconic green open space.

    At the meeting, elections will be held for nine community representative positions on CCMAC for a two-year term from February 2019. For more information about the nomination process follow this link.

    The meeting also be joined by key personnel from Lambeth Council who will present and answer your questions about Clapham Common.

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019
    6:30 pm68 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DZ

    Our annual general meeting is open to all our BBA members.

    AGM 2019_Agenda

    Minutes from last year's AGM

    Bandstand Beds Association_Chair's Report 2019

    For more information about the meeting, please email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    Map with location of the Bread &Roses can be found here.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019
    10.30am - 12.30pmWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common

    This is an exciting time of year for gardeners, all busy sowing seeds ready for the growing season. And we've a lovely stash of seeds to share courtesy Franchi Seeds of Italy.

     

     

    So, if you've ever fancied growing your own veg, pop along to our garden on Clapham Common and pick up something to grow at home.

    Don't have a garden or outdoor growing space? You can sill grow healthy micro greens - lentil and pea shoots - on your windowsill. And we've plenty to share!

    We will round off our morning with lunch (for a pay-what-you-can donation).

    For more information about our events and activities email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

     

  • Mon
    01
    Apr
    2019
    Mon
    08
    Apr
    2019
    11am to 2pmBandstand Beds Garden, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    Want to get outdoors, get active and meet people?

     

    Join us every Monday (except bank holidays) for a spot of gardening following by tea and cake.

     

    For more information email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019
    Picnic 6.30pm - Walk 8pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    As twilight embraces Clapham Common and the birds begin to roost, a whole set of nocturnal creatures begin to emerge from their nests and hiding places to forage for food.

    Many of them are seldom seen or heard in the darkness but there are ways of detecting them, if you know how and where to look.

    Join us for an evening stroll with Dr Iain Boulton, Lambeth’s Environmental Compliance Officer, to discover some of Clapham Common’s night-time wildlife, such as a pipistrelle bat (below).

    But what else might be out there in the darkness?

    Iain told us: ‘Yes, we do get pipistrelles. But we also get Noctule and Daubenton’s bats around the ponds, although they are more elusive. Seeing these is subject to a bit of patience and good luck.’

    We’ll also be on the look out for moths (aka a bat’s dinner), such as Jersey tiger moth, poplar and oak hawk moths, and brimstone moths.

    It will get dark at around 8pm on 16 April but before we head off our tour of discovery we too will be foraging for food with a bring-and-share picnic in our community garden, starting at 6.30.

    This is a free event. Everyone welcome!

     

    For more information about our events and activities email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019
    10am to 12pmBandstand Beds Garden , Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    As gardeners we love to work with plants and animals to create lush gardens, yet oftentimes we miss one very crucial element in our ecosystems: the fungi.

    From the fruit bodies of an autumn woodland, to the hidden networks beneath your feet, fungi are ever-present in our landscapes and can easily be cultivated, as we humans have done for thousands of years.

    Far from being alien and enigmatic, these incredible organisms can vastly improve our health and wellbeing, support the growth of our crops, and decompose toxins in our soils.

    Come along to our workshop to learn about fungal ecology, and how you, as a gardener, can support fungi in your soils, and even grow some edible mushrooms yourself!

    Cost of workshop? Pay-what-you-can-afford donation.

    For more information about our events and activities email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    1pm to 4pmClapham Common Bandstand

     

    Join us on at the Bandstand for CCMAC's annual  the annual Common People event.

    We'll have a plant and bake off cake stall - and of course we'll be taking along some food for the bring and share picnic.

    Dr Bike will also be there carrying out some cycle maintenance. So not pedal over for an afternoon of fun for free on Clapham Common.

     

    For more information about the Summer Bandstand Concerts on the Bandstand click on this link.

    To contact us email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
    10am to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    First of all, what is it that fungi do? What's their ecological purpose?

    It's a difficult question to answer, but that's exactly what David Satori from from Myceliate did in the fascinating fungi workshop in our community garden in April.

    Due to the huge success of the event in April, David's returning to give another opportunity to discover the wonders of fungi - this time planting oyster mushroom.

    Oyster mushrooms in winter

    To read more about what David has to say about the benefits of mushroom growing click here.

    Want to put mushroom growing into practice, join us for the workshop!

    This event is open to everyone, but you will need to purchase a ticket by clicking on this link to Eventbrite.

     

     

     

  • Mon
    29
    Jul
    2019
    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 ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

  • Fri
    02
    Aug
    2019
    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 ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com to reserve a place on the talk.

     

     

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019
    10am to 1pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    When we meet in our garden to harvest the veg we get very excited when we see just how much there is during the summer months, and of course we want none to go to waste.

    One way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to preserve it as chutney – delicious all year round and especially at Christmas with your favourite cheese!

    For the past few years one of our founder members, Diana Linskey (pictured right), has been making amazing seasonal chutney using our veg, which has gone down a storm with visitors to our garden. And in this workshop, Diana will be sharing her culinary skills so you too can create your own scrumptious chutney at home.

    Workshop cost - pay-what-you-can-afford donation. Everyone welcome, but to be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    If you would like to receive our 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.

     

     

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019
    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 ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

     

  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2019
    1pm to 5pmBandstand Beds Garden , Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    At the end of each summer we hold a feast in our garden to celebrate the summer's harvest.

    It's fantastic community event with deliicous food made with our home-grown prodoce, cooked by members for this bring and share feast.

    As well as good grub there'll be gardening activities including our ever popular scarecrow making - and a prize raffle!

    Sounds like your idea of fun? Then come along to our garden on Clapham Common - everyone welcome!

    For more information about to get involved in our food growing project 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!