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.


Event Information:

  • Sat

    Seed-saving Workshop

    10am to middayBandstand Beds, Windmill Drive, Clapham Common

    Ever wanted save seeds from your own or friends’ plants but have no idea how to go about it?

    Join us for this workshop with Patrick McCabe to learn the basics of saving seed to become a more self-sufficient gardener and save money, by not having to buy commercially produced seeds.

    Patrick McCabe has been involved in community gardening on Lambeth housing estates for the past five years. He has a particular interest in in food growing and working in partnership with organisations to create community gardening spaces. Patrick is an active supporter of London Freedom Seed Bank.

    During this workshop you will learn the principals of propagation, how some plants have male and female flowers leading to cross pollination, while others are self-fertile and will produce seeds that are ‘true’ to the parent plant. You will discover simple ways of saving seeds from plants in our garden, and you will be able take some home to sow at the start of next year’s growing season.

    This workshop is open to everyone over the age of 16*.

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

    To book a place on this workshop please email

    *Note: Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Click on this link for more information.


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!