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

The men on the cabin: the story of the Plaistow Landgrabbers

There’s a picture on our cabin of a row of men. Visitors are often curious to know who they are.

The Plaistow Landgrabbers were unemployed men who occupied a piece of land to grow food. We’ve met two descendants of the councillor who joined the protest, pictured front left. The picture is dated 1906.

We give visitors a potted history of the Plaistow Landgrabbers, whose protest was one of the influences in artists Somewhere’s design of the garden.

Now, thanks to the E7 Now and Then blog, there’s a much more detailed account of this dramatic piece of direct action. Read the first of two articles here. Our thanks to John Walker for the link.

For more on the design of the garden, as project What Will the Harvest Be?, visit Somewhere’s website here.

Abbey Gardens is a community garden where we grow and harvest together. There are three free drop-in gardening sessions a week, on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm; tools and gloves are provided. No gardening experience is necessary and new gardeners and behind-the-scenes volunteers are always welcome.