Welcome to Abbey Gardens, a community garden in West Ham
surrounding part of the ruins of a
12th century abbey.

There are free garden club sessions and new gardeners are always welcome. The garden is open to visitors from dawn till dusk.


In the garden:

  • May 28, 2016 10:00 amGarden Club
  • May 31, 2016 1:00 pmGarden Club
  • June 2, 2016 4:00 pmGarden Club
  • June 4, 2016 10:00 amGarden Club
  • June 7, 2016 1:00 pmGarden Club
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Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

Abbey Gardens 2016 Events

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Workshop: Used and Benefits of Weeds.

This weekend there’s still more planting out to do, which means weeding, adding extra compost and potting on seedlings. We’ve got tomatoes, sprouting broccoli and celery getting too big for their pots.

This Saturday we’ll also run a workshop about the uses and benefits of weeds – an often overlooked resource in our gardens. Join us 12-1pm!

Hope to see you there!

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Garden Work To Do

Hello all! The days are beautiful and the rain has done lots of watering, but we still need your helping hands with this list:

  • Clearing beds & sowing new seeds
  • Potting on seedlings
  • Weeding paths and clearing edges
  • Harvesting nettles and thyme to dry for tea!
  • General tidy up

Please join us this week for some fun good work in the garden!


Garden Update: Embracing Early Spring

Along with some faithful old friends and lovely new folks we’ve been out in the garden since March. And let me tell you, the weather has been quite a carrousel. Sunny one day, hailstorm the next! But rain or shine, we’ve persisted and so has the garden. Seedlings previously still shy are shooting up in front of our eyes, the broad beans are beginning to reach for the sky and there’s lots of fresh greens, flowers and fruit trees are in blossom.

We’ve got seedlings of tomatoes, sprouting broccoli, basil, pepper, lettuce, celery, cucumbers, sunflowers and pumpkins growing in the greenhouse. The garden beds are full of growth, but there’s still lots to plant out now that the weather has improved! The garden needs lots of TLC and every helping hand would be much appreciated, and rewarded with some delicious fresh greens and herbs.

This Saturday we hope to sow a lot more seeds and to shovel & wheelbarrow some compost to improve other beds. So there’s work for those with patient hands and whoever wants a good exercise. Come and join us.

Also, this Saturday at 2pm we’re having our monthly garden meeting, for anyone to come and join in the discussion of future events and needs of the space and the community. We’ll have soup, tea and hopefully cake!

Hope to see you tomorrow!


Your Garden Club Leader

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Abbey Gardens 2016 Events


Abbey Gardens 2016 Events Calendar

Abbey Gardens 2016 Events Calendar

New Growing Season Begins!

Hello dear followers & Abbey Gardens volunteers!

A little hello from your new grower! This Saturday I’m kicking off a new season of growth at Abbey Gardens! I am lucky to have been chosen for such an exciting opportunity to partake in this truly inspirational community project. And hope this can begin an all-round spring for this beautiful garden with more new people, ideas and energy. I’m looking forward to meeting more of the regular volunteers and attracting some new keen and curious into this lovely community space. Perfect time to get involved, if you haven’t yet! Let’s learn and tend the garden together, grow some nice crunchy carrots and talk about our ideas and thoughts for this space, events and gatherings you’d like to see and partake in. Come, let’s grow and socialise together. Hope to see you soon!

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AGM 27 February 2016

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Hear about our gardening year and find out how you can get involved this season, whether you’d like to get active in the garden or put your skills to use behind the scenes:

AGM (Annual General Meeting)

27th February 2016
Rokeby Centre, 63 Rokeby Street, London E15 3NS


  1. Annual Report
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  1. Members Registration
  1. Election of Trustees
  1. AOB

All new for the New Year


Aisté, our new garden club leader, has got straight in to some clearing to start the gardening year. And there’s been all sorts to find: as we cut back dead stems, new growth at the bases of plants; a colourful harvest of beets… and snails. Lots of snails.

Happy new year, our next Winter session before the full gardening season will be on Saturday 6 February from 10am – 4pm – and Aisté will be blogging soon!

Get active for 2016 with our Winter gardening session Sat 9 January


Making New Year’s resolutions to get active? Join us for our next free gardening session, on Saturday 9 January, meet our new garden club leader Aiste and get growing! The session lasts from 10am to 4pm but you can drop in during the day and give as much or little time as you can spare.

A warm welcome at the Winter Fest


On a blustery winter Saturday, it’s been a pleasure to welcome neighbours and visiting gardeners for seasonal activities and festive cheer. Nina’s wreath-making workshop has been a true community effort, with materials sourced from neighbourhood gardens. Our Chair Torange’s soap-making workshop has shown new uses for the things we grow at the garden. There’s been carol-singing with Members of All Saints Chorus and our cake stall crew have served baked goodies and warming Winter drinks.

Thank you to all who baked, helped and anchored the marquee!

And we’ve had visits from two garden club leaders…  Welcome to our new garden club leader Aiste, pictured above, who brings a new range of skills and experience to the garden and a massive thank-you to Hamish, our garden club leader for the past few years, for all of his knowledge and hard work.

A very happy festive season to all of our gardeners, behind-the-scenes volunteers and friends.

Look out for news of monthly gardening sessions early in the new year ahead of our 2016 gardening season.