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 April) • 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.

We are currently fundraising to lay pathway and install a composting toilet in our community garden. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of this project please click on this link, or email


Event Information:

  • Squash and Bean Swap - what's it all about?

    At Bandstand Beds we’re into the joy of germination.
    The Chelsea Fringe, 18th May – 9th June, has inspired us to make an event of swapping squash and bean seedlings. It’s the perfect time, after all risk of frost has passed.

    You’re invited to the Squash and Bean Swap, Lambeth 2013.

    Share your seedlings at Swap events at community gardens all over Lambeth. Network with other growers across the borough.

    All are welcome whatever the level of experience: community gardens, schools, individuals, families and other groups.

    Then it’s a summer of watering and tending. Share your growing and cooking tips on facebook. In autumn there’s harvest, produce competitions, cook-offs, feasting and a recipe book.Find our constantly updated year-long calendar of events, top tips and info on our website and facebook.

    Beans for drying and squash are grown all over the world for winter eating. Summer sunshine is converted to protein and carbohydrates. The fruits are choc-full of minerals and vitamins to see through the dark months.

    Join in the growing cycle:
    - Set up a Swap event and add it to the website
    - Sow some seeds at home and bring the spares to a swapping event
    - If you’re an experienced grower or cook, become a Swap Ambassador
    - Share your growing and cooking pictures and top tips
    - Write up your squash or bean recipe and add it to facebook
    - Organise a cook up and a feast

    Want to get involved? Contact us (click). Join us for a kick start meeting to the Squash and Bean Swap on Thursday 21st March - see here for details.


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!