In what seems like the blink of an eye we’ve hurled from what felt like the depths of winter in spring to midsummer, and it’s amazing how much has been happening with our community gardening project on Clapham Common in that time…
— Bandstand Beds (@BandstandBeds) March 24, 2018
Over the past few months about 25 of our members have been pitching up each week to work in the garden preparing the ground and sowing seeds ready for the growing season.
— Marion Vray (@MarMarVray) March 10, 2018
At the start of the growing season we held a session on square foot gardening, making the most of your growing space however small. This was well attended and people were full of ideas to try out at home.
Sq ft workshop this morning and lots of salad, chard and produce on our table. Soup lunchtime! pic.twitter.com/HOBZIrdBRT
— Bandstand Beds (@BandstandBeds) April 7, 2018
Back in April we also worked with Groundwork on a series of Small Change Big Difference workshops, looking at ways of eating sustainably and healthily, reducing food waste and saving money. These workshops proved to be very popular and are something we hope to do more of in the future.
— Marcela Leite (@molleite) April 21, 2018
In June, Hannah Norman joined us again to run another Know You Pollinators workshop. We learnt ways of encouraging bees and other useful insects into our garden and built bug hotels and bee houses to provide habitat for these creatures to hibernate in over winter.
Since the spring we have been working with The Spinney and CCMAC on a project to create wildflower haven on Clapham Common. Digging and planting for this year is now complete and the flowers are a feast for the eye – and full of bees and butterflies.
Can you lend a hand watering tomorrow between 8am and 10am or Saturday between 10am and midday?
See among the flowers with the other busy bees! pic.twitter.com/CtHO7H0vYM
— CCMAC Colour Your Common (@colourcommon1) June 26, 2018
There will be celebration picnic on Friday 27 July from 4pm to pm to celebrate National Park City Week.
Events & Activities
We are now running regular weekly Keep Growing gardening sessions for people aged 55+. So if you fancy getting outdoors and pottering in our garden, or just want to join us for tea and cake, come and see on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm.
Again, working with CCMAC, we organised the annual Common People event which kicked off this year’s summer concerts on Clapham Bandstand, with acts including a choir, BAC’s Beetbox Academy, and Swing Patrol.
— John Roberts (@strebornhoj) June 11, 2018
Around the bandstand there were community stalls including our own selling lots of plants and produce grown in our garden and cakes baked for our Bandstand Beds Bake Off.
More information about Bandstand Beds events can be found here.
Almost ready for Common People! Come and join us at the Bandstand 12-5pm pic.twitter.com/yFAoEUnaP8
— Bandstand Beds (@BandstandBeds) June 9, 2018
21 June not only marked summer solstice but also a significant moment for BBA. Diana Linskey has been with Bandstand Beds since it began in 2013, but she has now decided it is time to move on and has stood down as treasurer.
At a meeting held in the garden Jo (Joanne) Yeomans was elected as the new BBA treasurer
The meeting was followed by a celebration picnic to say goodbye to Diana.
— Jo | Money Blogger (@youngfunthrifty) June 21, 2018
Our garden is open…
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. Some Saturdays we also hold a laidback lunch or bring and share picnic.
Keep Growing Mondays
A gardening session for the over 55s. A chance to get outdoors in the garden, relax and meet people.
During the summer months we meet on a Wednesday evening 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.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org