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
Rockeby Centre, 63 Rockeby Street, London E15 3NS
- Annual Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Members Registration
- Election of Trustees
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!
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.
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.
Abbey Gardens Winter Fest
A free event for all ages
Saturday 5th December 3pm-6pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF (next to Abbey Road DLR station)
make a festive wreath
celebrate the season with us:
music and carol singing
soups, hot drinks and seasonal bakes
seasonal cards, gifts and produce
All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.
Graphics kindly donated by Lydia Thornley and Catherine French.
The search has began for a new Garden Club Leader. If you know of anyone or if you are interested in applying you can download the Job Description and application details here ->
Job Description and application form for the position of Garden Club Leader at Abbey Gardens
We grow things… and then there’s the gathering-in: the harvest, the storage and the knowledge.
We’ve packed our potatoes away out of the light and put tomatoes out to ripen. Some of us have been at the garden and others out to the Newham Community Gardens Network event at the lovely East Ham Nature Reserve, where we’ve compared notes with people from other garden projects and taken part in a Cordwainers Grow flax workshop.
So what’s next? To help shape our plans for the future, come along to our monthly meeting on Saturday 7 November at 2pm. And there’s our Winter celebration on Saturday 5 December – more information coming soon.
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of gardening still to do, with garden club sessions continuing through the month. So come along, get active and help prepare and plant for our next gardening year.
This week’s guest host at the Saturday garden club session has been Nina Pope of artist/film-makers Somewhere, who designed the garden as the horticultural and social project ‘What Will The harvest Be?‘.
There’s been lots of weeding, composting, mulching and we’ve harvested vegetables and flowers to share amongst the day’s volunteers.
And we’ve had visitors – recent arrivals to the area and gardeners passing through.
There’s plenty of gardening still to do this month, before the season finishes on 31 October. On Saturday 7 November, our monthly meeting will be a review of the year and a look forward: a chance for everyone interested in the garden to contribute feedback, ideas and insight.
And after all of the year’s hard work, there’ll be our Winter celebration to enjoy on Saturday 5 December, from 3pm – 6pm. Come along at 3pm to make a festive wreath to take home or join us from 4pm for music, singing, warming soups and drinks, seasonal bakes and goodies on the honesty stall.
Our volunteers help on all sorts of tasks at our gardening sessions, whether it’s delicate thinning-out or the big digging jobs. And there’s plenty to watch, marvel at and enjoy. So what have we seen this week?
The week’s comedy vegetable: ladies and gents, we present the duck potato
Bees still finding plenty of pollen in the dahlias
The visible ‘plumbing’ in a courgette stalk
The reason why we built such a large cage to protect the purple sprouting broccoli plants (they’re huge)
And we’ve shared a magnificent harvest of beetroot.
A date for your diary: our Winter celebration on Saturday 5 December. Join a festive wreath-making workshop, enjoy the fairylit Winter garden and warm up with soups and hot drinks. More details soon.
All corners of the community have got involved in this year’s Harvest Festival East. We’ve had dance group Tridhara, led by Showmi Das, showing us harvest dances from Bangladesh, Bollywood dances and getting visitors involved in their workshops. Young people from the National Citizen Service Team Perham have led apple dunking, egg and spoon races – and been first up to join the dancing. Quirky Nature have made their fresh-pressed juices. And congratulations to Freya for winning the apple tart competition!
A big Abbey Gardens thank you to our volunteer chefs, who made delicious quiches, soup and salads, to our bakers and helpers, to Cath French for publicity, to former volunteer Emma for bringing home-grown apples, to garden club leader Hamish for being on hand with gardening wisdom and to all of our garden and behind-the-scenes volunteers who work so hard to make Abbey Gardens the beautiful place it is.
Our next event will be our Winter Celebration on Saturday 5 December.