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

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.