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

    Composting for Beginners Workshop

    10am to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Since Bandstand Beds Association (BBA) began we’ve had a long-held ambition to compost all our garden waste.

    Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and in-kind support from Lambeth Council in August worked started on installing three composting bays on the site adjacent to our garden. Now complete, we will be using these new bays for this composting for beginners workshop with Dan Priddle.

    Dan teaches permaculture and no-dig gardening. His interests are in food growing and wildlife habitat in the urban environment, and he lives in South London.

    In this workshop Dan will cover the basics of composting to create a good quality soil enhancer for the garden. He will also share tips on organic matter that is good to add to our compost bays and things that should be avoided.

    This workshop is open to everyone over the age of 16*.

    Cost? £10 donation or pay what you can afford.

    Booking in advance necessary. To reserve a place on this workshop please email

    *Note: Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information about BBA safeguarding click on this link.

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!