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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Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

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A fine festival at Abbey Gardens

Brilliant sunshine, fabulous Triangle Market stalls, delicious food, live music, face painting, families playing, volunteers gardening… it’s been a grand day out for all ages! And we’ve planted our new apple tree, carefully chosen for its location and soil.

A massive Abbey Gardens thank-you to the stallholders and organisers, to our wonderful musicians Natasha Kirke and Alex Dobson, to our publicity volunteers and to everyone who pitched up on a Saturday morning to put up gazebos, arrange tables, cut flowers and hang bunting.

And a special Harvest Festival thank-you to all of our gardeners who give their time every week to weed, water, plant, sow, dig, compost and harvest.

Fancy joining us? Our free, drop-in community gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Drop in when you can and stay for as long as you can spare. We garden and harvest together; all tools and gloves are provided. And we’re also delighted to hear from people who have behind-the-scenes skills to volunteer.

Coming up: our Harvest Festival!

Abbey Gardens Harvest Festival
Saturday 29th September
12 noon – 4pm

Triangle Market is back at Abbey Gardens with a fresh produce, food and craft market from 12 noon-4pm.

Meet some of the stallholders…

Nina Magdziak Nayeem and Zara Nayeem – Zara’s bead creations
Mother and daughter Nina and Zara sell beautiful, intricate and colorful hama bead creations. Everything from fridge magnets, keychains, earrings to art pieces.

Denzil Coleman – tropical fruits
Denzil is a familiar friendly face selling coconuts, mangoes and sugarcane on West Ham Lane – and we’re delighted that for a second time, he’s coming to Abbey Gardens.

Kina Legg – knitwear
Kina started selling at Triangle Market last Christmas at its first ever market in the square. Her beautiful knits were at our last Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens and we can’t wait to see what’s new.

Ana Ramos – Alternating stitches
A colourful blend of different things: see Ana to upgrade your jewellery collection, look for playful accessories or buy one of her collectors’ comic books.

Manzoor Ahmed – Fusion Foods
Manzoor sells delicious and healthy food with his daughter and son – he’s a Newham markets veteran and he can also be found giving out food to the homeless in Stratford Centre.

Milly Grant and Christine – Dolls’ clothes and accessories
Milly and her friend Christine are accessory makers extraordinaire – handmade dolls’ clothes and an array of stitched goodies, from brooches to tote bags.

Cara Turpin and daughter
Cara’s daughter makes and sells bespoke frames.

Stephanie Joslin – Forest Bake
Stephanie sells cakes, including vegan and gluten-free options, as well as chocolate truffles.

Arlene Dunkley-Wood – Honey and bread
Bread and honey, a snack right there on one stall!

Munira Ebrahim – Hennarize
Indian gifts, glitter tattoos and henna tattoos.

Chris Spanton and Arjun Goswami, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Talking Therapies
Chris and Arjun are returning to the garden with a stall about their free workshops on mindfulness, stress handling and confidence building.

Manzoor Ahmed – Fusion Foods
Delicious and healthy Indian street food.

Peter Payne – cartoonist
Peter will be live drawing caricatures – buy your very own caricature to take away!

Busra Uz – Turkish food
Busra will be back at Abbey Gardens with her super-tasty Turkish salads and bakes.

Workshops – free activities from 1pm-3pm

Knit a vegetable
with our fabulous knitwear stallholder Kina Legg. Knitting needles and yarn provided.

Heritage walk
With huge developments and changes in Stratford and West Ham, the area is under threat of losing its historical heritage. The walk will map some existing historical buildings, discuss with residents their historical importance and come back to Abbey Gardens where Torange Khonsari, a resident and an Abbey Gardens member, will run a workshop on how communities can list buildings.

Live music

Natasha Kirke
Natasha is coming back to the garden after her epic performance at our last Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens!

Alex Dobson
An exciting new talent, Alex has played at Triangle Market and now we’ll get to hear him at the garden.

And you can tour the garden and find out how you can get involved, from volunteering your skills behind the scenes to joining in with our free drop-in community gardening sessions: Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

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.

 

Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens: meet the stallholders

Triangle Market will be at the garden again on Saturday 28 July 12 noon – 4pm. So we’d like to introduce some of our lovely stallholders:

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!

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Carlotta Novella, Carlotta’s salad mix, Food Stop and cakes by Rosa’s Treats.

Also at Abbey Gardens this Saturday, free activities:

  • Healing Food and Healing Mind workshops (booking required)
  • Join in with a costume workshop, where we’ll make hats for a history walk.

And there will be live music to enjoy.

Meanwhile, we have our usual 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!

Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens: health, history, food, crafts and costume making

A collaboration between new West Ham food and makers’ market Triangle Market and Abbey Gardens, this is the second in our series of Summer events:

  • 12 noon-4pm: fresh produce and makers’ market
  • 12 noon-2pm: costume making for a history walk
  • 2pm-4pm: Healing Food and Healing Mind workshops (booking required)
  • Live music

…and on Ride London weekend, it’s good to know that we’re bike-friendly: visitors can get to us via the Greenway.

We have our usual 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!

Wonky veg, wisdom, food, fashion, music and face-painting: Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens

In a new collaboration with Triangle Market, we’ve had some amazing stalls arrive at Abbey Gardens for the first of our Summer events:

  • Wonky veg – colourful bags of fresh salad, root veg, leafy greens and fruit and, if you like the look of the produce but aren’t sure how to cook it, recipes to take away
  • Delicious Turkish food
  • Fabulous fashion for kids
  • Live caricature drawing
  • Face painting

We’ve had health workshops from Daljit Kaur and Talking Therapies. We’ve had a community lunch, with dishes made and brought by neighbours. And there’s been music from the lovely Lucy May Walker.

Triangle Market will be at the garden again on Saturday 28 July 12 noon – 4pm, this time, it’s all about health and history and there’s something for all ages:

  • Buy lovely things from traders with interesting stories
  • Enjoy some live music
  • Sign up for our Healing Food and Healing Mind workshops (booking required)
  • Join in with costume making for a history walk.

Meanwhile, we have our usual 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!

Abbey Gardens Chilli Festival, Saturday 7th October

Abbey Gardens Chilli Festival
Saturday 7th October 12 noon – 3pm

An event for all ages

Taste chilli dishes from all corners of our community
Make a chilli hat
Chilli pattern face painting
Come as a scarecrow for our Scarecrow Fashion Show competition
Know your food? Find out in our nutrition quiz
Live music
And our ever-popular tea and cake stall… with some extra chilli flavours!

Teas, coffees, cakes and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden