Bandstand Beds Association (BBA)

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 your gardening, sustainability, the environment, your health and wellbeing and your local community? If the answer to all or any of these is yes, then why not join us? For information about membership click on this link.

We garden on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7.30pm (summertime only) and run an over 55s Grown-Up Gardening session on Monday from 2 – 4pm in partnership with Froglife’s Wild Times.

For more information about taking part in our gardening sessions click on this link.

Our community garden is self-sustaining and has been built with grant funding, in-kind support from Lambeth Council and generous donations from visitors to our produce stall on Saturday mornings.

In the last two years we have received financial and gift support from The National Lottery Community Fund, Leyland SDM’s Give London a Lift and Waitrose & Partners and Lambeth’s Changing Lives.

Here’s a sneak peak at our activities From Seed to Feast in 2018.


Event Information:

  • Sat

    Diana's Chutney Workshop

    10am to 1pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common


    At the height of summer there is often a glut of fruit and veg harvested from the garden and a great way to save some for a rainy day – or Christmas with cheese and crackers – is to make chutney.

    One of our founder members, Diana Linskey, is a dab hand at chutney making and it’s become an annual event for her to share her skills with us – see our website.

    Diana has some fabulous recipes (see link) including a delicious Seasonal Chutney – a perfect gift for friends.

    During the session Diana will take you on a step-by-step guide from chopping veg to jarring up the finished product, and everyone will have a jar of chutney to take home!

    If you would like to take part in this workshop, email


    To cover the cost of some of the ingredients and materials for this workshop we ask for a pay what you can afford donation.

    This workshop will be run in accordance with the Government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines.


Want to know more about Bandstand Beds? 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 and become and become a member? For more information get in touch with us!