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

  • 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

     

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 amBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    As we head towards midsummer our plants can become a bit sprawling and get out of hand. They will also need to be fed in order to get the best yield from our crops – especially tomatoes!

    In this session we will be building support structures for plants and looking at how and what to give them for the best results, comparing shop-bought products with organic homemade feed.

    There's a brew made from comfrey, but it don't half onk!

    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
    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 everyone!

     

  • 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!