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…

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK OUR GARDENING ISN’T OPENING AS NORMAL. FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL: ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

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 30 March) • 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.

Our community garden is self-sustaining and has been built with grant funding, in kind support from Lambeth Council and kind donations from individuals. If you would like to make a donation to keep our garden growing please click on this link, or email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

Events

  • Sat
    23
    Nov
    2019
    10am to middayWindmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

     

    The Colour Your Common wildflowers have been a fantastic addition to Clapham Common, and here's an opportunity for you to help make this area even more beautiful next year.

    To mark National Tree Week the Mayor of London is giving away 55,000 trees and we’re getting 50 hedgerow whips to plant in two areas along Windmill Drive.

    Would you like to lend a hand? Then join us from 10am.

    Tools and gloves provided but do wear clothing and footwear suitable for gardening, and there'll be refreshments at the end of the morning.

    For more info email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

  • Sat
    15
    Feb
    2020
    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 ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020
    7pm-9pmOmnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW

    As gardeners we're always concious of the weather and how it affects the plants we're growing and our harvest. It's always been chngeable, but now it seems to go to extremes.

    This has been one of the warmest and wettest winters on record...

    Heading for extinction and what to do about it is a talk documenting the latest scientific research on the climate crisis. It shows why urgent action is required, and explains how we can use non-violent direct action to try and stop things getting worse.

    Free event - everyone welcome!

    Find Extinction Rebellion Lambeth on facebook.com - xrlambeth.earth

    Twitter @XRLambeth

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2020
    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 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!