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 - kick-start meeting 21st March 2013

    logo2Want to take part in the Squash and Bean Swap for the Chelsea Fringe?
    We at Bandstand Beds on Clapham Common grew squash and beans last year, and we want to share the joy of germination and learn from other groups in 2013.
    Sowing can take place in April - so no rush just now - but please join us for a kick start/information/seed swap evening on:
    Thursday March 21st, 7 - 9pm, St. Annes Community Hall (basement room), Venn Street SW4 0BN
    The hall is on the corner with Bromell's Road, and 1 minute from Clapham Common tube and bus stops.
    Tea, coffee and cake/biscuits. Lovely if you can RSVP for an idea of numbers via facebook or mail to Let us know if you're coming along.
    The meeting will consist of a briefing about the types of activities you can do, showing you materials (labels, flyers and maybe more) and a chance to network already, swapping tips. Please bring any squash and bean varieties or other seeds you fancy to share at the seed swap table. We look forward to meeting you.
    Are you someone with a bit of growing knowledge? You could become a Swap Ambassador and share your knowledge locally. Get in touch with Fiona to find out more.
    Please visit this page (click) for a list of community gardens/parks already running events - these are more established growing groups. This is a great opportunity to visit other growing spaces.
    Don't hesitate to be in touch

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!