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Join innovative food growing community

Are you tired of the chaos of city life? Do you feel isolated from nature? How about if we said you can remain in the center of London and spend relaxing time tending to vegetables? If you are keen to get your hands dirty in the garden, then Bandstand Beds-the innovative food growing community in the heart of Clapham – may well be the ideal place for you.

“Bandstand Beds”…planting your own vegetables and growing fruit in the heart of busy Clapham. Maybe it was a romantic idea at the beginning. However, a group of nature lovers interested in gardening made it a reality in 2012, coming together to put forward the idea of having a community garden in Clapham Common. The manager of the Common, Viktor Chin-Kit, donated the beds and built the garden, giving the local community a green space to grow their vegetables and plants, allowing people to share gardening skills and spend time outside in the company of neighbors, friends, and new acquaintances.

Bandstand Beds started with 10 members in 2012. Since then, the community garden has attracted a great deal of interest from locals and membership has increased by more than 80 in just a couple of years. Lambeth Council has now agreed to let the association reclaim another green section of the park. Whether you live in Clapham or somewhere near, if you want to take a break from city life, you could visit Bandstand Beds to meet some fellow nature lovers.

If you want to contribute towards the beautiful garden space, you can visit on Saturdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm to enjoy the surroundings and buy some fresh, organic vegetables. You could also join in with some of the activities, such as digging, planting seeds, pruning, weeding, or watering – whatever you like. Gloves and spades are provided.

Activities are family-friendly, so if you have little ones you can enjoy the garden with them too. We suggest you do not miss Bandstand Beds’ seasonal feasts – the community garden will be hosting its Autumn Feast on 16th of September from midday until 4 pm. Head over to the Common and sample some delicious food made from home-grown vegetables with guest chef Dean. Gardening activities, scarecrow-making, and a raffle will follow. Not to be missed!

For further information, visit: http://bandstandbeds.org.uk/

Address: Windmill Dr, London SW4 9DE

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