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 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.

We are raising funds for two projects this year, composting bays on the site next to our garden so we can recycle all of our garden waste and our Feast & Car Free Day celebration on Saturday 25 September. We are looking to raise £2,000. Can you help? If so, please click on this GoFundMe link.

We garden on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7pm and run an over 55s session on Monday from 2 – 4pm.

Due to Covid-19, access to our community growing spaces is currently restricted to BBA members only, and the number of people attending our gardening sessions is in accordance with the Government’s current guidelines

Events

  • Sat
    23
    Nov
    2019
    10am to middayWindmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

     

    The Colour Your Common wildflowers have been a fantastic addition to Clapham Common, and here's an opportunity for you to help make this area even more beautiful next year.

    To mark National Tree Week the Mayor of London is giving away 55,000 trees and we’re getting 50 hedgerow whips to plant in two areas along Windmill Drive.

    Would you like to lend a hand? Then join us from 10am.

    Tools and gloves provided but do wear clothing and footwear suitable for gardening, and there'll be refreshments at the end of the morning.

    For more info email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

     

  • Sat
    15
    Feb
    2020
    10am to middayBandstand Beds Garden , Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Although it has the fewest days, the cold, dark month of February often feels like it will go on forever…

    But with a warm, sunny windowsill there’s light at the end of the tunnel – you can start sowing seeds ready for spring.

    At the end of last summer, we held a fantastic seed saving workshop with Richard Galpin from London Freedom Seed Bank, and we now have lots of saved tomato seeds.

    During this session we will sow some of these seeds in pots to take away and germinate at home – ready to grow on in the polytunnel in spring.

    FREE - everyone welcome!

    If you would like to know more about Bandstand Beds, email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020
    7pm-9pmOmnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW

    As gardeners we're always concious of the weather and how it affects the plants we're growing and our harvest. It's always been chngeable, but now it seems to go to extremes.

    This has been one of the warmest and wettest winters on record...

    Heading for extinction and what to do about it is a talk documenting the latest scientific research on the climate crisis. It shows why urgent action is required, and explains how we can use non-violent direct action to try and stop things getting worse.

    Free event - everyone welcome!

    Find Extinction Rebellion Lambeth on facebook.com - xrlambeth.earth

    Twitter @XRLambeth

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2021
    6:30 pmZoom meeting

     

    Our annual general meeting is open to all BBA members.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
    2. Minutes from 2020 AGM
    3. Chair’s report
    4. Treasurer’s report
    5. Election of officers and trustees
    6. Safeguarding
    7. Future programme – events and workshops
    8. Parks update – Dr Iain Boulton
    9. AOB

     

    If you would like to become part of our volunteer-run organisation, click on this link to find information about BBA membership, or email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

  • Sat
    24
    Apr
    2021
    10am to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

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

    We'll be joining Capital Growth’s national day of edible action by hosting a Good to Grow event in our community garden.

    We’ll be sowing sunflowers, squash and pea shoots to grow at home on windowsills, ready to plant outdoors when the weather is warmer.

    If you would like to take part in our Good to Grow event please email to book a place.

    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.

    Please note: We will work in small groups, observing social distancing and there will be restrictions on numbers in the garden.

    @UKGoodtoGrow  #GoodtoGrow2021

  • Mon
    10
    May
    2021
    2pm to 4pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    It''s been a tough time for lots of older people during Covid, including lots of our members who have been unable to come along the garden because they've been shielding.

    Now, with most over 55s having received the vaccine and with the easing of restrictions, we're able to invite our members back along to the Monday Grown Up Gardening sessions.

    Our garden's a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Common, potter among the plants, meet people and chat – so why not join us!

    For information about Bandstand Beds membership click on this link.

    We are regulating numbers in the garden so if you would like to attend please email ccbandstandbeds@gmail.com

     

  • Sat
    17
    Jul
    2021
    10am to 1pmBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

     

    At the height of summer there is often a glut of fruit and veg harvested from the garden and a great way to save some for a rainy day – or Christmas with cheese crackers – is to make chutney.

    One of our founder members, Diana Linskey, is a dab hand at chutney making and it’s become an annual event for her to share her skills with us – see our website.

    Diana has some fabulous recipes (see link) including a delicious Seasonal Chutney – a perfect gift for friends.

    During the session Diana will take you on a step-by-step guide from chopping veg to jarring up the finished product, and everyone will have a jar of chutney to take home!

    If you would like to attend take part in this workshop, email bandstandbeds@gmail.com to secure a place.

    To cover the cost of some of the ingredients and materials for this workshop we ask for a pay what you can afford donation.

    This workshop will be run in accordance with the Government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines.

     

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!