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 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


Event Information:

  • Sat

    Frog & Toad Workshop

    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

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!