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

Visitors, volunteers and a sunhat Saturday


Sunhats at the ready, the first task this Saturday has been  – er – to look at the compost… But this is speedy compost! We’re very excited about the success in just a few days from our hard work last Saturday chopping up and layering.

There’s been hard work in the abbey gatehouse ruin too: a team of corporate volunteers from the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) has revealed the outlines in crisp detail – so if you’re a history buff, now’s a great time to come and have a look. Thank-you, volunteers!

We’ve had visitors: gardener and inventor Charlie swung by with some sprout seedlings (if you’ve been enjoying the vivid purple Morning Glory flowers along the fence, Charlie planted them); Russ, former Abbey Gardens volunteer, gardening pro and part of First Avenue Urban Wilderness cycled in for a chat and we’ve had new visitors come and say hello.

And just as we were clearing-away, a spectacular winged visitor: a Silver Y moth.

Gardening is full of surprises.