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

Food

A community effort

At Abbey Gardens, we garden together and we harvest together at our drop-in community gardening sessions. This Saturday, we’ve had gardeners of all ages joining in – a little’un finding a potato shaped like a snowman, compost queen Nancy turning waterer for the day, cheery yellow tomatoes picked by Lorna and our young helpers, coriander thinnings gathered by Dasha and the first parsnip lifted by garden club leader Alison.

We’ve had our garden meeting where we’ve discussed latest news, plans and ideas. Everyone interested in the garden is welcome – the next one will be on Saturday 4 November at 2pm in the garden

And there’s been time to enjoy the flowers: just right for the sunshine, we’ve spotted some beautiful ice cream coloured blooms.

On the honesty stall this week: bags of tomatoes, artichokes and chard for donations.

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 23 September: Mulching day! We have a munching machine for the day so come along and help prepare cleared plants for compost at our drop-in gardening session 11am-4pm.

Saturday 7 October: The Abbey Gardens Chilli Festival – look out for more information here and on facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our free, drop-in community gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm. You don’t have to stay for the whole session – stay for as much or as little time as you can spare.

The garden is open to visitors from dawn ’til dusk. If you’d like to try the food that we grow, look out for produce for donations on our honesty stall, come to our events or join us for some community gardening.

If you’d like to get involved in helping with organisation, admin, events or as a trustee, let us know.There are many people and skills that help to make our garden grow.

 

 

Abbey Gardens does The Big Lunch

From veteran visitors to our littlest gardeners, we’ve had people of all ages at the garden for The Big Lunch. And we’ve had food from all corners of the world: Freshly-made Chinese dumplings, lamingtons, quiche, pizzas made in a portable pizza oven… all in weather that’s brought the Mediterranean to West Ham.

We’ve even done some gardening – watering has been a great way of cooling down (grown-ups with the hose, kids with water pistols).

Welcome, all, a big thank-you to our lovely singer Lucy May Walker, to Cath French for donating her design skills to the publicity, to everyone who cooked and helped – and we just love the banner drawn by one of our youngest supporters.

Our picnic rug shows food stories collected in 2012. We hope that today has made new food stories for everyone who came along.

Join us for some gardening or just to enjoy the space. Our gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

 

Find yourself a bargain at our Summer Market!

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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.

New Growing Season Begins!

Hello dear followers & Abbey Gardens volunteers!

A little hello from your new grower! This Saturday I’m kicking off a new season of growth at Abbey Gardens! I am lucky to have been chosen for such an exciting opportunity to partake in this truly inspirational community project. And hope this can begin an all-round spring for this beautiful garden with more new people, ideas and energy. I’m looking forward to meeting more of the regular volunteers and attracting some new keen and curious into this lovely community space. Perfect time to get involved, if you haven’t yet! Let’s learn and tend the garden together, grow some nice crunchy carrots and talk about our ideas and thoughts for this space, events and gatherings you’d like to see and partake in. Come, let’s grow and socialise together. Hope to see you soon!

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Grow your own party: the Abbey Gardens Summer Fete

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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.

 

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

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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.

Pumpkin Fest – a celebration of all things pumpkin

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Cakes that looked like pumpkins. Cakes with pumpkins in them. Carved pumpkins. Pumpkin facts and stories. Cheffing with pumpkins. Pumpkins painted on faces. Pumpkin quizzes. Pumpkin cushions. The Pumpkinhead photo prop. Our gardeners dressed in pumpkin colours… It really has been all things pumpkin at the Pumpkinfest.

A massive Abbey Gardens thank-you to Vegan Peasant, the Regent Community Brass Band, our competition judges, our councillors and community police for giving out the prizes, all who gave prizes including the lovely Sawmill café, our workshop leaders, our stall and setup crews, our Chair, Mike, for MC duties, everyone who made and contributed products for the honesty stall including gherkins by Dasha, teas by Dasha and a team of teabag-filling volunteers, chutney by Freya, food stories cushions and pumpkin pun cards by Lydia and of course, Charlie’s amazing comfrey liquid, Hamish for sharing gardening know-how… and most importantly, our awesome events team.

Congratulations too to our competition and raffle prize winners.

And thank you to everyone who visited and made it another busy, cheerful event.

If you missed the Pumpkinfest, you can listen to it! Here’s a link to a radio feature by Pete Day from NuSound Radio 92FM for his Community Hour show. 

 

Pumpkin Fest! A free event for all ages Saturday 27th September 1pm-4pm

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Abbey Gardens Pumpkin fest – a free event for all ages

Saturday 27 September 2014, 1pm-4pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF

Celebrating all things pumpkin, the most expressive of the vegetables…

Come along for the free activities and enjoy the garden

  • Enter the pumpkin carving competition – bring your pumpkins already carved or decorated to the event
  • Bring your pumpkins, squashes or giant marrows to help us create a Pumpkin Exhibition – you may win a prize
  • Children’s pumpkin craft workshop
  • Delicious food created by Vegan Peasant
  • Pumpkin face painting
  • Get your photo taken as a Pumpkin Head
  • Enjoy music from Regent Community Brass Band
  • Learn the history of pumpkin carving
  • Buy fresh produce, as well as homemade pickles, jams and chutneys on our honesty stall
  • Garden tours from our garden leader, Hamish Liddle
  • Test your knowledge in our Vegetable Quiz
  • And our ever-popular tea and cake stall!

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

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Food. It’s what brings the 20 plus nationalities gardening at Abbey Gardens together. A conversation by a veg, fruit or herb plant, discussion of the gardening session’s harvest – you’ll hear as many recipes as you see people. Gherkins, bottled with proper Czech know-how by Dasha, are back on the menu this year. We’re looking forward to them and there may be some on the honesty stall at our Pumpkin Fest on Saturday 27 September 1pm-4pm. If our garden volunteers haven’t got there first (they’re very good indeed)…

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

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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.