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.

Events…

  • Mon
    17
    Jan
    2022
    2pm to 4pmThe Spinney, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common SW4 9DE

    Through the spring, summer and autumn we have been running our over 55s Grown-Up Gardening sessions in partnership with Froglife’s Wild Times – part of their Leaping Forward for Dementia project.

    Froglife's Leaping Forward for Dementia Project dementia-friendly Wild Times. But now the winter is upon us it’s way too cold to continue holding the sessions in our community garden – even in the polytunnel. So, by popular demand we’re moving somewhere warmer.

    From 17 January 2022, these Monday sessions will move to The Spinney, which is just a short distance from our garden on Windmill Drive. In this warm indoor space, we’ll be able to continue our fun-filled garden, nature and wildlife related activities, along with arts & crafts workshops. And of course, there will also be lots of tea, cake and good company.

    To find out more about Froglife’s Wild Times send an email to Vicky Peet or call her on 07377 970844.

    For information about taking part at Bandstand Beds click on this link or email us.                                                                                         

     

     

     

  • Wed
    16
    Feb
    2022
    7:00 pmOmnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW

    Our annual general meeting is open to all BBA members.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
    2. Minutes from 2021 AGM
    3. Chair’s report
    4. Treasurer’s report
    5. Election of officers and trustees
    6. Future programme – events and workshops
    7. AOB

    For more information about taking part at Bandstand Beds and becoming a member, click on this link or drop us an email.

     

  • Sat
    19
    Feb
    2022
    10am to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    Here at Bandstand Beds, we’re often asked if anything happens in our community garden in the cold, winter months when not much is growing. There’s always something to do, and this is the time of year when we’re looking forward and preparing the garden for the next growing season.

    To ensure healthy growth and a good harvest from our fruit trees and bushes, an important task in February is pruning some of them – but not all. So, what needs pruning in February and exactly how much do you need to cut back? These and many other questions will be covered in this introduction to pruning workshop with Patrick McCabe.

    Patrick has been involved in community gardening on Lambeth estates for the past six years. He has a particular interest in food growing and working in partnership with organisations to create community garden spaces. Patrick facilitated a fantastic seed saving workshop for us in September 2021 and we're thrilled to have him back for this winter pruning session.

    As with last year’s workshop this session is open to everyone (members and non-members) over the age of 16*

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

    Booking essential – email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

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

  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2022
    10 to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    With spring bustin’ out all over it’s time to start some serious seed sowing!

    On Saturday 24th April we'll joining other gardeners across London for Capital Growth's Good to Grow 2022 by holding a Seed Sowing & Sharing event in our community garden.

    We’ll be sowing peashoots to grow on windowsills, along with sunflowers and squash to germinate indoors ready to plant outside when the weather is warmer. There will also be other seeds to share.

    We will be working in small groups on the day, so if you would like to take part please email beforehand to book a place.

    Everyone welcome (BBA members & non-members). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.

    For more information about taking part at Bandstand Beds or becoming a member click on the hyperlinks or drop an email to ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com.

     

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  • Sat
    07
    May
    2022
    10am to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    At the end of last year we held an introduction to composting workshop to kickstart the use of the three new bays on the site beside our garden – see blog post.

    The first section of our composting bays is now full and ready to be moved along to the second bay. With space to start a new green waste pile we will be holding follow-up composting workshop with Dan Priddle.

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

    In this workshop Dan will recap on the basics of composting and the importance of recycling the green waste produced in our garden. He will also share tips and ideas on how you can compost at home if you have a garden.

    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 us.

    *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.

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2022
    12pm to 5pmClapham Common Bandstand

    Common People is back!

    Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to hold our annual Common People event in 2020 & 2021, but this year we’re returning to the Bandstand to kick-off a series of Summer Concerts on the Common.

    Common People will have live music on  the Bandstand provided by local performers. Would you like to showcase your talent? We’d love to hear from you – click here to email us.

    We’ll also joined on the day by Froglife, Dr Bike carrying out cycle checks, and The Clapham Society who will holding a history walk at 4pm.

    We hope you’ll come along and join us too – everyone welcome!

    To find out more about Bandstand Beds membership and out taking part at our community garden click on the highlighted links, or drop us an email.

     

     

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!