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:

  • July 24, 2014 4:00 pmGarden Club
  • July 26, 2014 10:00 amGarden Club
  • July 29, 2014 1:00 pmGarden Club
  • July 31, 2014 4:00 pmGarden Club
  • August 2, 2014 10:00 amGarden Club
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Summer gardening update


Hamish, our garden club leader, will be taking a well earned Summer break so our garden club sessions from Saturday 19 July to Saturday 2 August will be informal gardening for regular volunteers, with a task list provided by Hamish. If you’d like to visit, do come and say hello – inductions for new gardeners will resume from the Tuesday 5 August session.


Pumpkin heads!

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our stall today at the Mayor’s Newham Show!

We hope you enjoyed testing your knowledge with our seed quiz and of course getting to be a PUMPKIN HEAD as part of Abbey Gardens Year of the Pumpkin!

In order to download your pumpkin head photo, please follow the instructions below and don’t forget to hold the date for our PUMPKINFEST – Saturday September 27th from 1pm-4pm at Abbey Gardens.

To download your PUMPKIN HEAD photo:

  1. Please visit the PUMPKIN HEAD flickr page -  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2635868@N25/
  2. Click on the photo you want to download
  3. In the bottom right of the screen, there will be a download button (arrow pointing downwards) or an options button (displayed as three dots) – click either one
  4. Select ‘view all sizes’
  5. Download the size you would like

Be a pumpkin head at the Mayor’s Newham Show on Sunday 13 July!


Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin carving, pumpkin growing… If you’re so into pumpkins that you’ve pretty much turned into one by the end of the season (or you just fancy being photographed with a pumpkin on your head), then come along and be photographed as a pumpkin head at the Mayor’s Newham Show on Sunday 13 July 2014, Central Park London E6, from 1pm – 4pm in the Active Outdoors area.

Pose with our marvellous scenery, have your picture taken, go to this website for a link to our pumpkin head flickr page and you’re gourd to go! It’s all part of our Year of the Pumpkin so there’ll be another chance for a photo moment at our Pumpkinfest on 27 July 2014, 1pm-4pm at Abbey Gardens.

Extraordinary General Meeting 5 July 2pm


Notice of EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting)
Friends of Abbey Gardens

Notice is hereby given of an Extraordinary General Meeting of Friends of Abbey Gardens on Saturday 5 July 2014 at 2pm in Abbey Gardens.


  1. Resolve to adopt the FOAG Charitable Incorporated Organisation’s (CIO) constitution
  2. Resolve to transfer the assets and undertakings of the unincorporated charity to the CIO
  3. Resolve to dissolve the unincorporated Charity.

Dated 19 June 2014
Friends of Abbey Gardens Trustees

TERRA visit to Abbey Gardens

On Saturday the 21st of June 2014, Abbey Gardens will be hosting app.20 visitors from five different cultural organisations. Guests will come from Spain, Italy, France and Germany as part of an adult learning exchange project called TERRA.

TERRA focusses on the exchange of informal learning practices in order to support local residents to become actively involved in making improvements to their local areas.

To find out more you can view the TERRA website here. The organisations who come to visit are: Land Kunst Leben (Germany), Abbey De Noirlac (France), Saline De Royale (France), Citema (Italy), Fundacion Santa Maria La Real (Spain).

The visit is organised by Andreas Lang and Torange Khonsari from public works.

Saline Royale
Images from the TERRA visit to Saline de Royale in France. (left) The Saline de Royale Heritage site. (middle) A cheese production cooperative producing the famous Compté cheese, (right) a green bridge in the Saline de Royal garden.

Good food, new friends and a flypast: the Abbey Gardens Summer Party


A project like ours is as much about people as plants. Our garden club sessions bring the community together and our events welcome more people in, enable us to show what we do and forge new friendships. At this year’s Summer Party we’ve had delicious food and a cookery demonstration from Vegan Peasant, music from Theo Bard, a herb tour of the garden and tea tasting with Living Medicine, a word garden workshop, a garden to garden to garden walk with Newham Striders and a tea and cake stall with delicious home-baked goodies. We’ve had visits from local MP Lyn Brown and our Safer Neighbourhoods team and we’ve linked with West Ham Park’s outreach team and Core Landscapes in Canning Town to connect up the spaces for people visiting as part of Open Garden Squares.

And we even got to enjoy the Queen’s birthday flypast while we were setting up…

A big Abbey Gardens thank-you to Diana and Adrian from Vegan Peasant, Folk musician Theo Bard, Chris and John from Newham Striders, Gail from Living Medicine, actor and writer Lin Sagovsky and writer Fiona Thompson, our wonderful welcome desk crew from Newham Volunteers and last but definitely not least our hardworking Friends of Abbey Gardens bakers and helpers, friends who joined us to volunteer for the day (thank you Rossana, Elly and Anita), Cath French for our publicity materials and our events group.

Our next event will be our Pumpkin Fest on Saturday 27 September.

Words, herbs and cheffing: the Abbey Gardens Summer Party, Saturday 14 June 1pm-4pm


Supported by

The Abbey Gardens Summer Party
A FREE event for all ages
Saturday 14 June, 1pm-4pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF

Come along to try an array of activities and enjoy the Summer garden:

  • Cookery demonstration by Vegan Peasant
  • Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb, a workshop for all ages – write a pen portrait of a plant and make a word garden
  • Garden to garden walk with Newham Striders
  • Folk music from Theo Bard
  • Garden tours with our garden club leader Hamish Liddle
  • Herb tour, talk and tea tasting with Living Medicine
  • And our ever-popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

Abbey Gardens is also taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend and will be open for garden visits on Saturday 14 June from 10am-5pm

Poster design by Catherine French.

Congratulations to the Champions … and all those joining in.

the winners

After a hard fought battle the deserving and delighted winners of the inaugural Abbey Gardens Pétanque tournament received the custom made AGP trophy. As the setting sun brushed over the gardens the 14 starting teams could reflect on a successful afternoon in the sun bringing a little bit of French culture to this part of London. According to Wikipedia ‘the casual form of the game of Pétanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer holidays…’ In the UK the numbers are much smaller but we are please to have added a few new casual members to the Pétanque community. For those of you with burning ambitions to take things that little bit further we recommend to check out the London Petanque Association or if you want to go national the English Petanque Association

A special thank you goes out to Jen who organised the event with with her usual mix of determination, charm and humour and for the first time featured in game info graphics drawn up live on her laptop as the event unfolded.

The gaming spirit of the Abbey Gardens community has been awoken and this is likely to the first of many events to celebrate casual competitiveness.

For those of you who could not make it and are still left in the dark what we are talking about we recommend this little video below:

The Abbey Gardens Pétanque tournament Saturday 17 May 4pm only £1 entry


We would like to announce the Abbey Gardens Pétanque Tournament, held on Saturday May 17th at 4pm in the garden.

Enter now to achieve pétanque success and to help raise funds for the weekly gardening sessions.

Pétanque is the fun, popular summer game (similar to boules) where teams of two throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to the “piglet” (a small wooden ball).

Teams and individuals (who will be paired with other interested parties) can register for the tournament by emailing Jen at jencurrier@gmail.com.

Teams can also be registered in person on the day of the tournament (by 3:45pm).

Entry fee is only £1 per person and all proceeds will go to running the Abbey Gardens weekly gardening sessions.

Be the first pétanque champion of Abbey Gardens!

If you can’t make it but you’d like to donate anyway, please visit our donate page.

Pea sticks, plants and pot-based comedy


As May makes an appearance, Abbey Gardens is a palace of varieties… Susan’s gridded pea sticks are framing the view prettily, spotting a table set out for pumpkin planting Chris gives us a pot-based homage to comedian Tommy Cooper while the flowers, tended by Les, form a chorus line of their own. There’s a lot going on backstage too: it takes a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work to make the garden grow, we’ve been discussing existing tasks and future plans and this month we welcome Vickie Lewis on admininstration (a big hello and a large slice of virtual cake to Vickie).