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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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.

Charlie bags his comfrey

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.

Friends of Abbey Gardens awarded ‘outstanding’ in RHS London In Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood

We’re very proud to have done even better than last year’s ‘Thriving’ award in RHS London In Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood: This year, Friends of Abbey Gardens was among the groups that received the highest grade of “Outstanding”, with 86 points out of 100 for community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. At the ceremony we were presented with a certificate which Charlie received on behalf of all members of FOAG.

The judge’s comments on her assessment report after her visit in July praised FOAG as a “very enthusiastic and dedicated group which is very reflective of the community”; its “Passionate head gardener and team who are maintaining this garden to high horticultural standards”; its planning, planting, maintenance, presentation and management, the selling of produce and the self-made greenhouse. There was even a mention for the classic Abbey Gardens rock bun, our Saturday gardening snack! The report concluded: “This garden certainly enhances the area and makes great use of an open site to promote gardening. An excellent community resource which is reflected in the award received.”

Did we rest on our laurels this Saturday? Well, we paused for a photo-opportunity with the framed certificate (and a rock bun or two) but with the sun shining, there was gardening to be done: beans to clear, beds to tidy, chinese leaves, beetroot and greens to harvest and garlic to plant. We also had a presentation of prototypes from a group of London Metropolitan University architecture students working on a project about the back space of the garden and the eco-shed.

See us at the Mayor’s Newham Show

If you fancy testing your knowledge of fruit, vegetable and flower seeds or decorating a seed packet, if you have a food story for us to add to our food stories picnic rug or if you’d just like admire some of our garden produce, come and see us at the Mayor’s Newham Show, 12pm – 6pm on Sunday 22 July. We’re opposite the Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Stratford tent, where Abbey Gardens produce has been used in some of its cooking demonstrations.

The early days on film

Nina and Karen from Somewhere have made this wonderful film about the beginnings of the garden and the ‘What Will the Harvest be?‘ project, capturing the first season in which the garden was build up until the first harvest. It was made for and will be included in Somewhere’s current project the floating cinema which is touring the canals around the Olympic site at this very moment.

The floating cinema will join Abbey Gardens for our Harvest Festival on the 17th of September as a highlight and conclusion to the floating cinmas day long event: ‘The Green East: Garden Tours and Harvest Festival’

Abbey Gardens calendar out now

Out now: the first Abbey Gardens calendar with pictures voted-for by Friends of Abbey Gardens.

The calendar is A5 (148mm wide x 210 deep) with wire binding and a hanger. All of the pictures were taken by volunteers, all of the artwork services were donated and the printers very kindly gave us a discount.

You can have your very own copy in exchange for a donation of £5. The proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the garden.

To order a copy, please email us.

For a sneak preview you can download a low resolution PDF of the calendar here.

Winter Celebration Saturday 27 November

FREE entry
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF

Take part in a bird-feeding workshop and learn how to make feeders for Abbey Gardens and your own outside space this winter. Enjoy home-made vegetable soup with bread, and festive treats such as mince pies. See the garden lit with fairy lights.  Browse the Honesty Stall with its selection of handcrafted cards made with pressed flowers from the garden. Pick up an Abbey Gardens Calendar 2011 with the favourite photographs of the gardening year.

2.30pm: event opens

3pm: bird-feeding workshop

5pm-5.15pm and 5.45pm-6pm: choir singing

6pm: event closes

All activities are free of charge. Food, drink, cards and calendars are available for donations. Cake, tea, coffee and other refreshments will be served throughout the event. Soup will be served from 3.30pm – how long it will be available will depend on appetites!