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

Events on Site

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

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.

 

Abbey Gardens The Big Lunch 2017 and Summer Fair, Saturday 17th June

Saturday 17th June 12 noon – 3pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E13 3NF (next to Abbey Road DLR)

Bring a dish to share, have a lovely lunch, meet the neighbours and enjoy the garden.
Seasonal produce from the garden on our honesty stall
Our ever-popular tea and cake stall
Plus live musical entertainment

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

Find yourself a bargain at our Summer Market!

Summer Market Poster: Find yourself a bargain & enjoy the garden in our 10th anniversary year

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.

Abbey Gardens 2016 Events

 

Abbey Gardens 2016 Events Calendar

Abbey Gardens 2016 Events Calendar

Abbey Gardens Winter Fest

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Abbey Gardens Winter Fest
A free event for all ages
Saturday 5th December 3pm-6pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF (next to Abbey Road DLR station)

3pm-4pm
soap-making workshop
make a festive wreath

4pm-6pm
celebrate the season with us:
music and carol singing
soups, hot drinks and seasonal bakes
seasonal cards, gifts and produce

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

Graphics kindly donated by Lydia Thornley and Catherine French.

Bollywood comes to Bakers Row: Harvest Festival East

 

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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

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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.

Garden curiosities and event excitement

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Horseradish. It’s something you don’t really think about as a plant if you’re used to buying it in jars of sauce. But that’s community gardening for you, full of curiosities. This year, we’ve grown an upright variety of red amaranth, a sort of short-haired version of the glorious trailing dreadlocks of Amaranthus Caudatus. And our black tomatoes, strange fruit to start with, are giving us all sorts of novelty shapes. Teapot in need of a handle or cartoon character’s head? We can’t quite decide.

Thinking of growing your own? Community gardening is a great way to gather skills and ideas. Come and see us on Edible Gardens Open Day, Saturday 19 September. Our garden club session will be running from 10am to 4pm so you can see us in action and find out how to get involved.

Our next event: Harvest Festival East, Saturday 26 September, 1pm-4pm. Save the date for a celebration of all things grown and local, a free event for all ages. It’s part of Urban Food Fortnight. More information soon!