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.


fb
twitter
flickr
 
 

In the garden:

  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4 Click here to see full calendar

 

Search our site:

admin@abbeygardens.org
Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

Community events

Gathering in

AGblog_storing and making

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.

Bollywood comes to Bakers Row: Harvest Festival East

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

 

 

Harvest Festival East: Saturday 26 September

FOAG_Harvest2015_2_600px

Harvest Festival East
Saturday 26th September 2015 1pm-4pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF (next to Abbey Road DLR station)
A free event for all ages

Come and enjoy a celebration of the year’s gardening, with contributions from all corners of our community:

Young people from the National Citizen Service, Team Perham, will be leading apple dunking and other activities

Think you’ve got the perfect apple tart recipe? Show us your finest in the apple tart competition!

Tour the garden with garden club leader Hamish Liddle and find out about some of the experimental crops we’ve been growing this year

Enjoy home-baked goodies at our ever-popular tea and cake stall

Quirky Nature will present a quirky gang of tasty fresh-pressed juices using organic ingredients mostly from Abbey Gardens. Come and meet Peter Green, Jack Ginger, Mary Roots among other unique personified recipes

Buy fresh produce on our honesty stall

Music, dancing and a fun workshop will be provided by Bollywood Dance Group, Tridhara

Enjoy seasonal food made by Tom Fletcher of Rejuce using harvest from the garden

All activities are free. Food, drink and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

Event graphics kindly donated by Catherine French.

Grow your own party: the Abbey Gardens Summer Fete

AG-Summer-Fair-2015-blog

It’s nice when a grand day out comes straight from the neighbourhood. We’ve had delicious food made from our produce by Vegan Peasant. Our very own brass player, Cath French, has brought along along Regent Community Brass and friends. We’ve had stories from the land: writer Neil Fraser has read from his book Over The Border: The Other East End. We’ve had a cabin-full of local history to delve into. Our volunteers and neighbours have been baking for our tea and cake stall and contributing quiz questions. There’s been a treasure hunt around the garden (enjoyed so much by our young gardeners and visitors that they wanted to do it all again). There’s been portrait drawing by illustrator Fred Apps. And we’ve had a cheery group of Newham Volunteers helping on our stalls.

A big Abbey Gardens thank-you to everyone who’s given time and brought talents, to all of our regular gardeners and behind-the-scenes volunteers who make the space beautiful and productive, a round of applause for our administrator, fundraiser and ideas person Vicki Lewis, who organised the event – and a wave to everyone who came along to enjoy the day.

 

Abbey Gardens Summer Fete – a free event for all ages: Saturday 25 July 2015

FOAG_SummerFete2015_600px

Abbey Gardens Summer Fete – a free event for all ages on Saturday 25 July 2015 from 1pm – 4pm

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

  • Talk by Neil Fraser, author of Over the Border: The Other East End
  • Exhibition of archive images from the garden
  • Enjoy music from the Regent Community Brass Band
  • Buy fresh produce, as well as homemade pickles, jams and chutneys on our honesty stall
  • Children’s activities, including a Treasure Hunt and a potato and spoon race
  • Delicious food created by Vegan Peasant
  • And our ever-popular tea and cake stall All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

The Abbey Gardens Pétanque tournament

Abbey-Gardens-petanque-2015_blog

A perfect day for Pétanque, some seasoned players, some newcomers… and our very happy young winners!

Thank you to Jen and Erwan for organising and to Erwan, Dasha and our lemonade stall team for providing cold drinks.

The next Abbey Gardens event will be our Summer Fair on Saturday 25th July, 1pm-4pm. Look out for details here, like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter for more information.

 

The 2nd Abbey Gardens Pétanque Tournament, Sat 27 June, 3pm, only £2 entry per person

PETANQUE2015_blog

We would like to announce the Second Annual Abbey Gardens Pétanque Tournament, on Saturday 27 June at 3pm in the garden.

Enter now to win the “Bernstein cup” 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 email. Teams can also be registered in person on the day of the tournament (by 2:30pm).

Entry fee is only £2 per person and all proceeds will go to running the Abbey Gardens weekly gardening sessions. There will also be beverages for sale on the day with proceeds benefiting the garden.

Be the pétanque champion of Abbey Gardens!

 

Graphics kindly supplied by Catherine French

The Abbey Gardens Big Lunch 2015

AG-Big-Lunch-2015-blog

The lovely thing about The Big Lunch is that lunch just somehow assembles itself, with just the right mix of dishes for the grill, bakes, salads and sweet things. People wander in: volunteers, friends, neighbours, that too with the variety of the table: all ages, many nationalities and all walks of life.

Our team of young judges (with clipboards, which they insisted-on) for the tastiest and best-presented food gave their awards to Margaret and friends for raising the bar on display and to a first-time Big Lunch visitor to the garden who brought a delicious lemon drizzle cake.

A big thank-you to our judges, to Erwan for manning the grill, to everyone who helped set up and clear up, to Sawmill café for voucher prizes and to our administrator Vicki for spreading the word and organising on the day.

 

The Big Lunch: Sunday 7 June, 12 noon – 3pm

FOAG-big-lunch-blog-graphic_web_600px

Have a lovely lunch, enjoy the garden and meet the neighbours!

Bring a dish to share, whether it’s something to go on the BBQ, a salad or savoury for the table, a pudding or a cake. There’ll be prizes for the tastiest food. We’ll provide the soft drinks.

And there’ll be food for thought as well as goodies for the table: a talk on container planting by volunteer gardener and innovator Charlie Seber, who designed our greenhouse.

More on The Big Lunch here.

Planting for containers – and the Big Lunch

Hamish's-container-planting-workshop-blog

Materials, behaviour, light, height… garden club leader Hamish’s workshop on planting for containers even covered different weights of drainage material (something to think about if you’re planting for a balcony). New ideas, new knowledge and we hope, happy gardeners! Thank-you to everyone who came along.

If you missed it, come along to one of our garden club sessions, on Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm, Thursdays 4pm – 7pm or Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Our containers, window boxes and gardens all benefit from the things we learn at Abbey Gardens.

And there’ll be a container planting talk by Charlie Seber at The Abbey Gardens Big Lunch on Sunday 7 June, 12 noon – 3pm. Have a lovely lunch, enjoy the garden and meet the neighbours. Bring a dish to share, whether it’s something to go on the BBQ, a salad or savoury for the table, a pudding or a cake. There’ll be prizes for the tastiest food.We’ll provide the soft drinks.