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:

  • August 27, 2016 10:00 amGarden Club
  • August 30, 2016 1:00 pmGarden Club
  • September 1, 2016 4:00 pmGarden Club
  • September 3, 2016 10:00 amGarden Club
  • September 6, 2016 1:00 pmGarden Club
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Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

A sprint finish to Summer

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“It’s as though the plants know that Autumn is on its way”, said garden club leader Aisté. It’s taking quick work to keep on top of the clearing, harvesting and composting.

Thanks to Dasha’s social media shout-out, we’ve had new Saturday visitors to the garden in search of produce. We’ve told the story of the garden, offered cooking tips and gained helpers.

If you’re interested in community gardening but aren’t sure what it involves, or you’re new to the neighbourhood and have been wondering what the garden is, come and say hello during one of our gardening sessions.

Find yourself a bargain at our Summer Market!

Summer Market Poster: Find yourself a bargain & enjoy the garden in our 10th anniversary year

Find yourself a bargain & enjoy the garden in our 10th anniversary year!
Summer Market Sunday 17th July 2pm-5pm

A free event for all ages

Joining Friends of Abbey Gardens are two incredible teams of young people, representing NCS The Challenge

Experience an eclectic range of stalls and activities! Something for everyone!

Plentiful produce from the garden on our Honesty Stall

Visit our ever-popular tea and cake stall

Plus live musical entertainment to be confirmed

All proceeds from market stalls, drinks, food & honesty stall will be donated to the garden.

Big Lunch – Sunday 12th June

Join us for the Big Lunch
Sunday 12th June
12 noon – 3pm

Join us to have a lovely bring-and-share lunch, meet the neighbours, our volunteers and enjoy the Garden!

See you there! x


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