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.

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

 

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!