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:

  • Fri

    Picnic & Bat Stroll

    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!