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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Thursdays 4pm-7pm
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New arrivals and old friends

Gardens: you turn round and suddenly, flowers are out, fruits are forming and there are signs of early Summer.

We’ve seen our first ripe strawberries this week, spinach has been cleared before it goes to seed and in its place are new seedlings, grown off-site by our busy band of volunteers. More new varieties of food crop are making their way into the garden, this week mooli and a spinach-like plant that grows red and turns green when cooked.

And there are old friends too: poppies and aquilegia. Aquilegia was in our first year’s planting plan by artists Somewhere, who designed the garden. Each year, it self-seeds and these delicate little flowers cheer us all over again.

If you’d like to join us for some community gardening, our free, drop-in gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Unlike an allotment, we garden and harvest together. Stay for the whole session, pop in for an hour, ask us about the garden or just come and enjoy the peaceful urban green space. 

Where there’s muck there’s plants

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Compost. It’s not the most glamorous stuff. But it’s a wonderful thing that cleared plants can break down into goodness to go back onto the raised beds. With our three compost bins in constant use, we have to make space for the next cleared plants to go in. So garden club leader Hamish and our volunteers have been transferring compost that’s almost ready into one bin and then chopping up what’s left and our clearings for the day to put into an empty bin in layers, watered and prepared to break down quickly.

Volunteering, we learn things along the way. From helping out, we’ve had an active and sociable day, harvested veg to share and those of us with compost bins at home are all clued-up for our own composting!

Fancy a go? Come along to one of our garden club sessions and say hello! They’re on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Complete beginners are welcome as well as experienced gardeners, we have gardeners of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) and you can give as much or as little time as you can spare.

 

 

Open Garden Squares: Saturday 13 June

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Many of our volunteers spend more time in the garden than they’d planned – just because Abbey Gardens is a lovely place to be. So come and enjoy the garden with us on Saturday 13 June, the first day of Open Garden Squares Weekend. If you visit between 10am and 4pm you can see our Saturday garden club session in action, chat with our volunteers and get expert insight and information from garden club leader Hamish Liddle.

Please note that there will be resurfacing works along Bakers Row. The nearest parking is on Bridge Road with access to the garden via footpath. Otherwise, we’re right next to Abbey Road DLR station and walking distance from bus stops along West Ham Lane and Manor Road. The Transport for London website gives weekend travel information.

Pumpkin Fest! A free event for all ages Saturday 27th September 1pm-4pm

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Abbey Gardens Pumpkin fest – a free event for all ages

Saturday 27 September 2014, 1pm-4pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF

Celebrating all things pumpkin, the most expressive of the vegetables…

Come along for the free activities and enjoy the garden

  • Enter the pumpkin carving competition – bring your pumpkins already carved or decorated to the event
  • Bring your pumpkins, squashes or giant marrows to help us create a Pumpkin Exhibition – you may win a prize
  • Children’s pumpkin craft workshop
  • Delicious food created by Vegan Peasant
  • Pumpkin face painting
  • Get your photo taken as a Pumpkin Head
  • Enjoy music from Regent Community Brass Band
  • Learn the history of pumpkin carving
  • Buy fresh produce, as well as homemade pickles, jams and chutneys on our honesty stall
  • Garden tours from our garden leader, Hamish Liddle
  • Test your knowledge in our Vegetable Quiz
  • And our ever-popular tea and cake stall!

All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

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Big Dig dug!

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Digging, turning over, composting… We’ve joined in with the Big Dig, raised beds are dug over with trenches ready for potatoes and two patches are planted-up with broad beans and peas. We’ve shared the last pickings of our black kale with regular gardeners and new friends – and there’s been fantastic fruit cake by Dasha for the tea break.

Next up: Ready, Steady, Grow!, our event on 26 April from 1pm-3pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy some Spring gardening activities:

  • Help us plant pumpkins – and plant your own to take away and bring to our Pumpkin Day in September
  • Perfect Pumpkins – all about how to sow, grow and look after your seedlings
  • Bring your favourite pumpkin recipe for sharing
  • Make a stylish scarecrow
  • The grand opening of our new composting toilet, designed and built by our volunteers
  • And our ever-popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

 

 

The Big Dig: Saturday 22 March 10am-4pm

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This Saturday we’re taking part in The Big Dig alongside our regular garden club session from 10am to 4pm. If you fancy a go at community gardening but aren’t sure what it involves, come along, say hello and get growing. You don’t need to be an experienced gardener: just bring your enthusiasm.

You could be planting potatoes or broad beans, digging (of course), spreading compost, working on the fig tree, weeding around the fruit trees, working on the wildflower strip or doing some propagation. All in the beautiful setting of Abbey Gardens, started by the local community and now in its sixth growing season.

There will be garden tours by garden club leader Hamish and inductions for anyone new who’d like to join in with the day’s activities.

See you on Saturday!

 

Raking, sorting, building, creating

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After a wet Winter there’s some drying-out for the garden to do before we start planting for the season. But there’s plenty to get on with… Hamish has been sorting the seeds and listing varieties for 2014, we’ve raked the wildflower strip so that we can see where the gaps are to fill in, clearing has revealed new growth, green manure sown last year has been dug in to enrich the soil and the composting toilet is in construction.

Our newly-expanded events team is busy too, hatching ideas for this year’s themes. Watch this space for details.