Bandstand Beds

Food growing 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?

If the answer is yes, then join us on Saturdays from 10am for our weekly gardening session, with tea and cake at around 11.30am. And on the first Saturday of the month we stay open later for a laidback lunch.

 

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
    11am to 3.00pmWindmill 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 target.

    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... Watch out for the scarecrows!

    Everyone welcome!

     

     

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017
    10am to 12.30pmWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common

    Community food grower Ruth Arnott will be leading this workshop, planting raspberries and pruning our blackcurrant bushes in our fruit beds opposite the children's playground.

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    10:00 amWindmill Drive Garden

    We need dab-hand DIYers to help put together wo large raised beds and fill with soil ready for planting up next spring. Tea & cake at 11.30!

     

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    10:00 amWindmill Drive Garden, Clapham Common

    In this session community food grower Ruth Arnott will follow on from the recent fruit pruning workshop, mulching the blackcurrant bushes. The group will plant raspberries and redcurrants too (if they arrive in time). Tea & cake at 11.30.

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018
    6:30 pmBread & Roses, Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ

    Our annual general meeting is open to all Bandstand Beds Association members.

    Documents for the meeting below...

    AGM agenda 2018

    Minutes from 2017 AGM

    BBA 2017 accounts

    New CIO draft constitution

    If you would like to stand as a committee member, or for more information about the meeting, please email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    Map showing Bread and Roses can be found here.

     

     

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmClapham Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside

    Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC) is the group that works with Lambeth Council to manage the Common.

    The committee is made up of local councillors, elected community representatives, the Clapham Society and the Friends of Clapham Common.

    In recognition of our contribution to Clapham Common and CCMAC there is an item on the Agenda for the AOM proposing that Bandstand Beds Association has community representation on the committee, in the same way that the Clapham Society and Friends of Clapham Common do.

    The CCMAC Annual Open Meeting is open to all local residents (Lambeth or Wandsworth) and all users of the Common, and all residents and users are entitled to vote at this meeting.

    If you believe Bandstand Beds Association has become an important part of Clapham Common and makes a positive contribution to it, please come along and support our organisation at the CCMAC AOM.

    Directions on how to get to Omnibus Theatre can be found here.

    For more information email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

     

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Community gardener Ruth Arnott will showing how to get the most out of your small space, whether it's a windowsill, balcony or tiny garden.

    Learn how to plant potatoes in bags, sow winter greens in pots and how to grow microgreens.

    This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. Everyone welcome but numbers are limited.

    To add your name to the session list email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    6:30 pmBread & Roses, Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ

    Our annual general meeting is open to all Bandstand Beds Association members.

    Documents for the meeting below...

    AGM agenda 2018

    Minutes from 2017 AGM

    Chair's report 2018 AGM

    Accounts for 2017

    New CIO draft constitution

    If you would like to stand as a committee member, or for more information about the meeting, please email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    Map showing Bread and Roses can be found here.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    12pm - 3pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC) and partners will be creating a wildflower haven to bring beauty and biodiversity to the Common this year. The project has been awarded a grant from the Mayor’s Greener City Fund, but also needs to raise extra funding to buy plants.

    Volunteers to help with ground preparation and planting are also needed! Can you help?

    Come along to the Colour Your Common Launch in our garden to find out how to get involved, sow wildflower seeds – and join us for tea and cake. Everyone welcome!

    For more info or to find out how to make a financial donation to the project, email ccmacvolunteers@gmail.com

    Follow Colour Your Common on Twitter @colourcommon1

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    At last month's workshop we chitted potatoes and in this session they will be planted in bags - a great way to grow in a small space.

    You'll also learn about propagating plants from seed, indoors or out.

    Find out which compost to use along with information about feeding, watering and seedling care.

    Seed sowing will include tomatoes, carrots and beetroot.

    This is a pay-what-can-workshop. Everyone welcome but numbers are limited.

    To add your name to the session list email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    1pm to 4pmWindmill Drive, Clapham Common

    We’re working with Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC) to create a wildflower haven to bring beauty and biodiversity to the Common this year. The project has been awarded funding from the Mayor’s Greener City Fund, but…

                                            

    An area of ground on the Common between the Spinney Nursery and our garden on Windmill Drive needs to have turf removed ready to plant the meadow. Work has already started, but there is a long way to go.

     

     

    Fancy a free gym session on the Common, then why not join us for digging the dirt this Saturday - followed by tea and cake?

     

    If you can’t make it but want to know more about the project, email ccmacvolunteers@gmail.com or follow @colourcommon1 on Twitter

     

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    1pm to 4pmWindmill Drive, Clapham Common

    We're working with Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC) to create and amazing wildflower haven on the Common, opposite out garden on Windmill Drive.

    The plan is to have strips of wildflower planting running across the grass and with the help of GoodGym Lambeth digging off the top layer of turn one of these is now almost complete (pic right).

    But there are about five more to do... HELP!

    Fancy a free workout on the Common this Saturday? Then get down digging with us! And for those who fancy something a little more sedate there's loads of seed sowing to be done.

    But it won't be all work and no play, we'll be round off the afternoon with Easter eggs (maybe hidden) and
    hot-cross buns.

    Sounds like your idea of a fun afternoon on the Common? Then head for our garden on Windmill Drive at 1pm.

    Everyone welcome!

    For more info about CCMAC's Colour Your Common project, email ccmacvolunteers@gmail.com

    Follow Colour Your Common on Twitter @colourcommon1

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Want to grow you own veg but don't have much outside space?

    At this workshop you'll be shown how to make the most of the area you have available. We will divide the bed in the picture (left) into sections to enable us to grow a variety of crops.

    Throughout the growing season we will return to the bed to look at organic methods of dealing with pests and disease in the garden, weed identification and crop rotation to give us a year-round supply of fresh produce.

    This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. Everyone welcome, but numbers are limited.

    To add your name to the session list email ccbanstandbeds.@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    10am to 3pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    The Small Change, Big Difference campaign has launched in the capital to help Londoners make a positive difference to their health, pockets and the planet by getting savvier with their food.

    Small Change, Big Difference is about eating more healthily and sustainably, reducing the food we waste at home and recycling what we don’t eat.

    Bandstand Beds is hosting four workshops being run by facilitators from this campaign over two Saturdays...

    21 & 28 April 2018 – 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm
    (with lunch in the garden)

    FREE - everyone is welcome!

    To reserve a place on these workshops click on this link.

     

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    There's nothing worse than taking a peek to see how your seedlings are doing only to find something has chomped its way through half of them. Slugs! How do you get rid of them, and deal with other pests and disease the garden?

    In this workshop we'll be looking at organic methods of dealing with some of the most common pesky problems, without causing harm to ourselves or wildlife we want to visit our garden.

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Mon
    14
    May
    2018
    Mon
    04
    Jun
    2018
    2pm to 4pmBandstand Beds, 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

     

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    2:00 pmMeet at the Clapham Common Bandstand

    Take a walking tour of Clapham Common with Dr Iain Boulton, Environmental Compliance Officer for Lambeth Council, and discover the origins, uses and future trends for the trees.

    Iain will explain how they came to be there and their past and present uses, such as for timber, food and household products.

    And what’s the future for many of our commoner trees in the light of climate change or changes in water availability or pollution?

    This tour is free and open to everyon

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    Is it a bee or a wasp - or maybe it's a hoverfly?

    This workshop will help you identify bees and other important insects that help our fruit and vegetables grow. We'll also look at ways of encouraging pollinators visit our gardens and we'll build a bee house where they can hibernate in winter.

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Nothing beats a plant you’ve got for free, and that’s just what you get when you take cuttings from established plants.

    Rosemary, sage, mint (probably the easiest of all) and many more herbs can all be propagated from cuttings, and in this workshop you’ll be shown how to do it.

    It's easier than you think - and you'll be doubling plant stock in no time!

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018
    2:00 pmMeet at Clapham Common Bandstand

    Head off on a walking tour with Dr Iain Boulton, Environmental Compliance Officer for Lambeth Council, and take a look at the many invertebrates (animals without backbones) that live on Clapham Common.

    Stag beetle

    Learn how to survey for insects, spiders and other tiny creatures, and discover their importance for the health and wellbeing of the Common and its users.

    Are these animals good or bad for us, the Common and the environment, and are all the legends and stories we hear about them true or false?

    This tour is free and open to everyone.

     

     

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    People often ask if you can save seeds from your plants to sow the following year. In this workshop we will focus on saving seeds from popular crops such as tomatoes, lettuce, and beans. These are the easiest to save seed from as they are predominantly self-pollinating so you don't need to worry about cross-pollination between different varieties. We also will cover the benefits of saving seed, what to consider and a practical demonstration on how to do it.

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    t’s easy to grow leafy greens throughout the year. If you think your veg plot will be empty during winter, then come along to our winter salad workshop and learn how and when to grow oriental winter salads and more. You can be eating flavoursome fresh all though winter and you’ll be amazed at the variety of leaves which are hardy enough to remain outside in our coldest months.

    It's easier than you think - and you'll be doubling plant stock in no time!

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

     

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    At the end of the summer growing season it’s important to put some goodness back into your soil. But how? Come along to this workshop and discover the benefits of sowing green manures in your vegetable plot.

    During the session we’ll learn about when and why we would sow a green manure, which varieties to choose and we will sow some in the garden.

    This session will also cover composting, what to include on your heap and troubleshooting problems that might arise. We’ll also explore composting you can do at home on a small scale.

    It's easier than you think - and you'll be doubling plant stock in no time!

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an email.

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    It's autumn, it's colder and the nights are drawing in, but the garden doesn’t stop growing. This practical will workshop will look at what we can still plant in November, crops such as onions, garlic and broad beans. Plus, things to do to keep your crops protected during the coldest season.

    It's easier than you think - and you'll be doubling plant stock in no time!

    This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop, but numbers are limited. To be sure of a place on the day email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

    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.

    For more information drop us an 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!