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.

PLEASE NOTE The garden will be closed from 1 December 2019 until 25 January 2020.

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 sowing - 14th April

    IMG_6658Please join us at Bandstand Beds for sowing squash and bean seeds, 11 - 2.

    We will have some seeds, compost, pots,  advice and encouragement. It'll be great if you are able to take extras to grow on at home, or get your own packets and then bring back then for the grand SWAP on 19th May. This is for the Chelsea Fringe:  a great day of swapping and coming together all over the borough

    We'd like to see lots of chat about the different varieties and hear your top tips and experience, as well as favourite recipes for a book we'll be putting together.

    We'll also be making windowsill reflectors which will help you grow strong and straight plants. Be prepared to get sticky-taped! Bring a shoe box, photocopy paper box - both with their lids - or similar. We'll have some spares and all the materials you need too.

    Please click here to have more information on sowing for the SWAP

    Find us here -

    Click here to find out about the other sowing  and swapping events at our partner organisations in Lambeth - lots to choose from!

    Contact on the day: Fiona 07971 065821
    Refreshments available in La Baita cafe adjacent
    Toilets adjacent in La Baita cafe for patrons
    Access is on grass so not really wheelchair friendly

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!