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

Having a connection with the things we eat… and flowers that smell like cheese

Flowers that smell like cheese. It’s not how you expect to start a community gardening session but the flowers that garden club leader Candace was clearing had a definite perfume of Parmesan…

At Abbey Gardens we like to pause and marvel at the plants that we grow. Stripey tomatoes; alternate petal colours; random potatoes; mint in flower; the brightness of rainbow chard stems; the grassiness of garlic chives – all that wonder, in one Saturday afternoon. It gives us a real connection with the food that we grow and share and the decorative plants that we (and the bees) enjoy.

There’s planning ahead too: extra herbs and edible flowers are being sown for our Herb Festival on Saturday 14th September, 12 noon – 4pm. Save the date!

Meanwhile, join us at a drop-in community gardening session. They’re on Saturdays, from 1pm – 5pm, they’re free, families are welcome to come and garden together and tools and gloves are provided. Get active, enjoy being in a lovely urban green space, meet the neighbours – and learn some surprising things about plants!