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.

PLEASE NOTE The garden will be closed from 1 December 2019 until 25 January 2020.

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


  • Sat
    10am to middayBandstand Beds Garden , Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Although it has the fewest days, the cold, dark month of February often feels like it will go on forever…

    But with a warm, sunny windowsill there’s light at the end of the tunnel – you can start sowing seeds ready for spring.

    At the end of last summer, we held a fantastic seed saving workshop with Richard Galpin from London Freedom Seed Bank, and we now have lots of saved tomato seeds.

    During this session we will sow some of these seeds in pots to take away and germinate at home – ready to grow on in the polytunnel in spring.

    FREE - everyone welcome!

    If you would like to know more about Bandstand Beds, email

  • Mon
    11.30am to 1.30pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Drawing in the green

    Drawing can be a wonderfully relaxing, mindful way to enjoy nature and the outdoors, so last summer we ran an art workshop during our Monday gardening session.

    It was such a success we’ve been asked to run more this year, and when better than springtime when the garden is at its most verdant.

    Never drawn, or don’t think you can? Come and have a go!

    Sit back, relax and capture the green scene that surrounds you.

    Art materials provided or you can bring your own if you have them. And of course there’ll be tea and cake!

    This is a pay-what-you-can-afford session (suggested donation £5). All ages welcome (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult/guardian).

    For more information about this or other activities in our community garden email

  • Sat
    12pm to 2pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common


    Last year we saved some frogspawn from a pond on the Common that had almost dried up.

    In our garden we created a makeshift pond from an old plastic wheelbarrow and waited patiently for the spawn to hatch. Before long we had hundreds of tadpoles which in time grew legs, lost their tails and developed into tiny frogs.

    Amazing to witness, especially as our frogspawn would've perished.

    In the last century 70 percent of UK ponds have disappeared, but this isn’t the only reason toad and frog numbers are rapidly diminishing.

    In this workshop Emily Millhouse will talk about her work with Froglife, the plight of toads on roads and she'll show us ways to make our gardens welcoming places for these wonderful creatures.

    Cost of workshop? Pay-what-you-can donation on the day.

    Everyone welcome, but numbers are limited.

    To ensure a place on this workshop email

  • Fri
    Picnic 6.30 - Stroll 9pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Dr Boulton leading a bat walk with us last April - it was a bit chilly!

    Bats are weirdly wonderful creatures surrounded by myth and legend – if you believe in vampires!

    In reality they’re timid creatures quietly going about their nocturnal business unnoticed.

    Have you ever seen one? Would you like to?

    They're actually quite easy to spot around Clapham Common’s Mount Pond if you know where to look, and hear if you have the right equipment.

    Join us for a bring-and-share picnic in our garden followed by an evening bat spotting stroll on the Common with Lambeth’s Dr Iain Boulton, who will bring heterodyne detectors to pick up the calls of the bats. 

    Free event. Everyone welcome! 

    For more information about this or other activities in our garden email


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!