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.


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Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

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Charlie bags his comfrey

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Charlie hauls a monster harvest of comfrey (Russian apparently), collected from his comfrey plantation. This has now been loaded into the comfrey digester at Abbey gardens and we are awaiting our bumper harvest of comfrey juice fertiliser. I’ve just realised, this post is comfrey SEO gold.

Harvest Festival

After a great deal of hard work and planning by all involved the Harvest festival is finally over and what a day it was. It turned out to be stunning weather, the gardens were looking great and it seemed to be a fun day for everyone. There was a large turn out (about 150) including most of the regulars, a strong contingent of local councillors and many new faces visiting the site for the first time. It was a fantastic atmosphere and it really demonstrated what a special site and project this is. Sam from Moro plus helpers turned out some excellent scoff, largely from the produce on the site. The fiercely competed vegetable sculpture and cake competitions seemed to be a real hit and the honesty and tea and cake stalls were equally popular. All in all, it was a very successful event which will hopefully be one of many more to come.

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The weather was great and there was a really good turn-out

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The honesty stall was a real success, almost everything went

The shed

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I have to be honest in saying that I was a little sceptical about the idea of having the image of the Plaistow landgrabbers blown up and stuck on the shed, however, I have to say that I am a convert. It contrasts brilliantly with the colour of the garden and proved to be a real hit with the visitors to the harvest festival over the weekend. Well done Nina and Karen for coming up with that one ! I am still not so sure about the pink inside though……..

Lots of Bees

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These pictures of bees were snapped around the garden today. It seems we have quite a few around and they love the flowers, particularly the borage. It would be great to get some bee hives !

More images of the first Abbey Gardens event