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

History

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.

Thank you Chiltern Seeds

Our annual thanks goes out to Chiltern Seeds who are once again supporting Abbey Gardens with free seeds for the 2013 growing season. Chiltern Seeds have proved a very loyal supporter of our garden since the very first day of seeding all those years ago, supplying us with their wonderful organic seeds. THANK YOU – it is very much appreciated by all Abbey Gardeners.

Once upon an apple tree …

It started with a simple conversation with Charlie about Milk Floats and ended with an excursion to Dany’s reclaimed timber Yard on the A12, a hot cup of tea and memories of the beginnings. Four years ago during a hot summer Dany and his team build the raised beds at Abbey Gardens. Not known to myself, Dany also introduced Charlie to the garden shortly after it opened. On our quest to Milk Float knowledge we ended up reminiscing about the olden times, fond memories of the hard working French brothers and … the apple tree which once stood in the garden and had to be cut down. I was quite protective of the little apple tree and hoped we could keep it. Common sense prevailed and we replaced it with a new tree in clean soil. I wasn’t aware that at the time Nina asked Dany to hang on to the root of the old tree for ‘some kind of art project’. And so it came to be that on an autumn afternoon I was reunited with the old tree stump. On the same trip charlie took me to a forgotten garden, across the road from Danies yard which once belonged to a school. We foraged a bag full of delicious apples many of which ended up in our honesty stall on Bakers Row. This morning they were all gone – hopefully nicely shared between the increasing number of passers by.


The remains of the Old Apple Tree


Charlie foraging in a forgotten garden

Hands-on Urbanism 1850 – 2012

Abbey Gardens is included in an interesting exhibition about Hands-on urbanism which will open in Vienna at the Architecture Centre on the 14th of March 2012. If you are around please drop in, have a look and let us know what you think. (address below)

”Hands-on / practical, involving action, based on active participation
Urbanism / urbanization; the culture and way of life of urban dwellers

Hands-on urbanism, bottom-up urbanism and irregular urbanization are not the exception to the rule – they are driving forces behind the urban development and often behind changes in urban policy. From the onset of industrialization, first in Europe and North America and then in the Southern hemisphere, to today’s neoliberal, developer-driven global city, the history of urban transformation processes unfolds as a sequence of critical situations. Gardening and informal settling are indicative of these crises. Taking root from below, these self-organized, self-help practices are dynamic and inspiring agencies of change” (Elke Krasny, curator)

In conjunction with the exhibition a book is published in German with Turia + Kant Verlag, Vienna and in English with MCCM Creations, Hongkong. The book contains 26 essays, including new texts, but also reprints of texts by Jane Addams and John F.C. Turner 356 pages, 300 photographs. Hopefully you can find a copy of the book in the Abbey Gardens library very soon.

Also accompanying the exhibition is a very interesting programme of events.
You can download the PDF flyer here.

Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1 im
1070 Wien, Österreich
T +43 1 522 31 15
F +43 1 522 31 17
office@azw.at
www.azw.at

Triangle Camp Hotel

Abbey Gardens will be part of an exhibition in Vienna which will open in March. The theme for the show is ‘Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right to Green

Jennie from the Stratford Archives kindly helped us with some of the historic images and unearthed this wonderful picture of the Triangle Camp Hotel. Maybe there is an idea in there baring in mind that several million visitors will come to Stratford this summer.