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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Market, garden: our third Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens

Goodies galore, colourful crafts, delicious food, history, poetry and live music from Natasha Kirke – our third Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens has been full of wonderful things. Thank you to everyone who took part, to the Triangle Market crew, to the history and poetry activity leaders and to everyone who came along, shopped, explored and discovered. We’ve made new garden friends and discovered new potential collaborations.

Follow Triangle Market here for news of its next market.

If you’d like to get involved in more poetry with Newham Poetry Group, its Meetup page is here.

And our friendly drop-in community gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Help grow food and flowers, get outdoors, get active, enjoy the beautiful urban green space and meet the neighbours!

Top picture by kind permission of Hugh Preedy.

Local history and people’s poetry: free activities on Saturday 18 August

Local history session Saturday 18 August 1pm – 2pm – help start a local history society
Hear about local history in the setting of Abbey Gardens, which is itself a historical site containing the ruin of the Stratford Langthorne Abbey Gatehouse. Local history enthusiasts Marieta and Gareth will tell some local history stories and share their experience of setting up a volunteer-run history society.

Poetry in the garden with Newham Poetry Society: Saturday 18 August, workshop 2pm-3pm using the garden as inspiration, open mic 3pm-4pm
Newham Poetry Society has been organising free, accessible weekly poetry sessions at Stratford Library for the past two years. Participants have shown that there is huge enthusiasm locally to read, listen, share, learn and perform poetry as an expression of lived experience. Members come from a wide range of ages, abilities, cultures and social and educational backgrounds. Members are energetic, ambitious, generous in sharing ideas and experiences and continue in conversation beyond the group settings. Newham Poetry Society has been branching out to local events and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the garden.

Join in, try something new and enjoy community market Triangle Market, which will be at the garden from 12 noon to 4pm.

Our usual drop-in community gardening session will also be running, from 11am to 4pm, so come and join us or ask us about the garden and how you can get involved.

Food, crafts, music, poetry, history: Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens, Saturday 18 August, 12 noon – 4pm

Triangle Market is back at Abbey Gardens on Saturday 18 August, 12 noon-4pm

There are even more stalls to explore and enjoy:

Busra and Kubra Uz – Food Stop
Food Stop sells delicious and healthy Turkish food, cooling watermelon drinks and beautiful upcycled handicrafts. Local residents and sisters Busra and Kubra set up their business this Summer through Triangle Market, up the road from the Abbey Gardens.

Carlotta Novella – Veg
A brand new food entrepreneur with her heart in Italian cuisine and good ingredients, Carlotta sells veg boxes that you can preorder, packed with matching recipes. Abbey Gardens is her first market so come and make some new food discoveries!

Deborah Lesforis – Rosa’s Treats
Deborah’s cakes are little works of art. You might have seen them at Woodgrange Market in Forest Gate and Triangle Market, where she is a regular stallholder – now her cake loveliness is coming to Abbey Gardens. And there are vegan, low sugar and no sugar alternatives!

Kina Legg – knitwear
Kina sells beautiful knitwear and started selling at Triangle Market last Christmas when it had its first ever market event in the square. We are very happy to welcome her to Abbey Gardens and can’t wait to see what her talented fingers have knitted since then.

Ellie Clarke – tote bags
Ellie sold for the first time with Triangle Market last Sunday 12 August. She makes beautiful tote bags in different fabrics, colours and sizes. Ellie has a bag for every style, mood and color palette.

Ana Ramos – Alternating Stitches (a colourful blend of different things)
Ana makes beautifully playful fabric card holders, wired hairbands, vinyl decal stickers, and lots of personalised items. See her to upgrade your jewellery collection, get a new makeup bag or buy one of her collectors’ comic books.

Lora Toma – Salliro (Soap etc.)
Lora is a soap and bath bomb magician making the most amazing and beautiful creations that add lovely scents and a touch of luxury to your life. She a market expert since she is the market coordinator for PYM, the Plaistow Youth market.

Nina Magdziak Nayeem and Zara Nayeem – Zaras bead creations (Hama bead items)
Nina and Zara are a mother and daughter selling beautiful, intricate and colorful hama bead creations. Everything from fridge magnets, keychains, earrings to art pieces. They are so colourful and fun that it’s impossible to buy just one thing.

You are so Jammy Jams
Homemade jam – traditional favourites and traditionals with a twist. Flavours inspired by cocktails desserts and sweets.

Sugar Rush & More – Homemade sweets
Sugar Rush & More is a family run business of three women based in East London. They make and sell sweets, treats and cakes all with vegan and vegetarian options.

Karen Philips  
Bespoke glass vases

Peter Payne
Cartoon portraits – Peter was with us at our first Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens

Izabella Wasowska
Crocheted products

Shofa Miah
Second hand and household items

Also at Abbey Gardens this Saturday, free activities:

Local history session 1pm – 2pm – help start a local history society
Hear about local history in the setting of Abbey Gardens, which is itself a historical site containing the ruin of the Stratford Langthorne Abbey Gatehouse. Local history enthusiasts Marieta and Gareth will tell some local history stories and share their experience of setting up a volunteer-run history society.

Poetry in the garden with Newham Poetry Society: workshop 2pm-3pm using the garden as inspiration, open mic 3pm-4pm
Newham Poetry Society has been organising free, accessible weekly poetry sessions at Stratford Library for the past two years. Participants have shown that there is huge enthusiasm locally to read, listen, share, learn and perform poetry as an expression of lived experience. Members come from a wide range of ages, abilities, cultures and social and educational backgrounds. Members are energetic, ambitious, generous in sharing ideas and experiences and continue in conversation beyond the group settings. Newham Poetry Society has been branching out to local events and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the garden.

There will be live music to enjoy from Natasha Kirke, @LilacUnderworld

And you can come along and ask us about our friendly drop-in community gardening sessions on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Help grow food and flowers, get outdoors, get active, enjoy the beautiful urban green space and meet the neighbours!

Music, stalls, making and tasting: Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens

Guitar music, figs grown right here in the garden, pretty-as-a-picture cakes, delicious Turkish food, tropical drinks, aloe vera products, tutoring, making mediaeval hats and Ayurvedic tea tasting: it’s been variety all the way at our second Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens!

Thank you to all of the Triangle Market stallholders, to Daljit Kaur for her fascinating workshop, Eugenio Morgillo – Flat 26 – for fabulous guitar playing and to Hanna and Torange for organising

There’s another Triangle Market coming up on Saturday 18 August from 12 noon to 4pm and this time we’ll have…

  • The wonderful Triangle Market stalls
  • Poetry and gardening
  • A local history session – help start a history society!
  • Live music

Enjoy tasty food, help support local businesses, try something new and find out more about the neighbourhood.

Meanwhile, we have our usual free drop-in community gardening sessions on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Help grow food and flowers, get outdoors, get active, enjoy the beautiful urban green space and meet the neighbours!

And Daljit is running free meditation sessions in the garden every Sunday at 11 o’clock, weather permitting (no session if it’s raining).

So there’s lots to come to the garden for this Summer! We hope to see you soon.

 

Health, food, history, culture and our harvest festival: four events at Abbey Gardens

HEALTH & FOOD*
SAT 14TH JULY 12 NOON- 4PM
12noon-4pm Fresh produce & craft market
12noon-2pm Late Lunch – Bring a healthy dish to share
2pm-4pm Healing food and healing mind workshops
Plus live music 

HEALTH & HISTORY*
SAT 28TH JULY 12 NOON- 4PM
12 noon-4pm Fresh produce & craft market
12 noon-2pm Costume making for history walk
2pm-4pm Healing food and healing mind workshops
Plus live music

CULTURE & GARDEN
SAT 18TH AUGUST 12 NOON- 4PM
 
12 noon-4pm Fresh produce & craft market
12 noon-3pm Poetry & gardening
3-4pm Local history session (help start a history society) 

HARVEST FESTIVAL
SAT 29TH SEPTEMBER 12 NOON- 4PM
 
12 noon-4pm Fresh produce & craft market & History exhibition
1pm-3pm History walk, face painting, potato racing, poetry exhibition, knit a vegetable
Plus live music 

*Book your place for a workshop here.

 TEAS, COFFEES, CAKES AND HONESTY STALL PRODUCE FOR DONATIONS TO THE GARDEN 

 

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.

 

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

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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.

Our Vintage Summer Party

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Our Vintage Summer Party really was an event for, by and about all ages. Children made tiny top hats and bonnets, the first workshop in our new eco-shed designed by students from London Metropolitan University. Young folk musicians Theo Bard entertained visitors enjoying delicious picnic food by caterers and early Abbey Gardens volunteers Gary and Elisabetta Andrews. Garden club leader Hamish (pictured with a giant cabbage – we do like our pictures of Hamish with giant cabbages) led a plant history tour. Illustrator Fred Apps drew visitors as characters from our history. Historian Colm Kerrigan gave a history talk, followed by Gordon Joly’s history walk. Older garden friends shared memories of the area. And president of East End WI Colleen Bowen judged the Victoria Sponge competition.

The event was also part of Open Garden Squares and the Chelsea Fringe.

A huge thank-you to everyone who made the event a success, including our hardworking volunteers and event organisers, and to London Borough of Newham for its support.

8 June: Abbey Gardens Vintage Summer Party, Open Garden Squares and Chelsea Fringe

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Abbey Gardens Vintage Summer Party Saturday 8 June 2pm-5pm: a free event for all ages

Join us for some vintage Summer fun:

Hear about our history
Join a history walk around the neighbourhood
Enter our Victoria Sponge competition
‘Where did you get that hat?’ workshop for children
Story corner with our older gardeners
Collecting our garden’s history – gathering stories
of when gardeners and friends first discovered the garden
Have your portrait drawn as a character from our local history
Enjoy a lunch of traditional dishes from our communities
Live folk music from Theo Bard
Plant history tour with garden club leader Hamish
Goodies on the honesty stall
Visit our tea stall for tea, coffee and home made cake

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden. Cake competition entries are to be prepared in advance and brought to the garden on the day.

We are also welcoming visitors as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend 10am-5pm 
and we are part of the 2013 Chelsea Fringe: Plant history tour starts 2.15pm

Thanks to designer Catherine French for the poster and flyer.

Sunshine turns our thoughts to Summer

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Everyone who walked into the garden on Saturday said how colourful it was all looking: a sea of glorious reds, yellows and oranges. With all of this colour and a bit of sunshine, our thoughts are turning to our Summer event:

Abbey Gardens Vintage Summer Party
Saturday 8 June, 2-5pm 
A free event for all ages

Have some vintage Summer fun and find out about the history of the garden and our neighbourhood

  • Hear about our history
  • Join a history walk around the neighbourhood
  • Enter our Victoria Sponge competition
  • ‘Where did you get that hat?’ workshop for children
  • Story corner with our older gardeners
  • Collecting our garden’s history – gathering from gardeners and friends their own stories of when they first discovered the garden
  • Have your portrait drawn as a character from our local history
  • Enjoy a lunch of traditional dishes from our communities
  • Live music
  • Garden tour with garden club leader Hamish
  • Goodies on the honesty stall
  • Visit our tea stall for tea, coffee and home made cake

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden. Cake competition entries are to be brought to the garden on the day.

We’re also taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend, welcoming visitors from 10am-5pm.