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

Friends of Abbey Gardens awarded ‘outstanding’ in RHS London In Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood

We’re very proud to have done even better than last year’s ‘Thriving’ award in RHS London In Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood: This year, Friends of Abbey Gardens was among the groups that received the highest grade of “Outstanding”, with 86 points out of 100 for community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. At the ceremony we were presented with a certificate which Charlie received on behalf of all members of FOAG.

The judge’s comments on her assessment report after her visit in July praised FOAG as a “very enthusiastic and dedicated group which is very reflective of the community”; its “Passionate head gardener and team who are maintaining this garden to high horticultural standards”; its planning, planting, maintenance, presentation and management, the selling of produce and the self-made greenhouse. There was even a mention for the classic Abbey Gardens rock bun, our Saturday gardening snack! The report concluded: “This garden certainly enhances the area and makes great use of an open site to promote gardening. An excellent community resource which is reflected in the award received.”

Did we rest on our laurels this Saturday? Well, we paused for a photo-opportunity with the framed certificate (and a rock bun or two) but with the sun shining, there was gardening to be done: beans to clear, beds to tidy, chinese leaves, beetroot and greens to harvest and garlic to plant. We also had a presentation of prototypes from a group of London Metropolitan University architecture students working on a project about the back space of the garden and the eco-shed.