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About Us

Abbey Gardens is a unique open community garden on the site of a 17th Century Abbey. We're run by the community working together through the seasons, using the garden as a place to pause, to grow, to meet, to make. Building a beautiful, healthy and sustainable garden that everyone can benefit from. What will your harvest be?

Open every day from dawn till dusk with community gardening workshops weekly on Sundays 3pm-6pm between April and October. 


 We hope you’ll join us soon!


Our History

The Abbey Gardens site is one of only two Scheduled Ancient Monuments in Newham and contains the remains of a 12th-century Cistercian abbey where monks once ran a kitchen garden. 


In 2006 a group of local residents formed Friends of Abbey Gardens with the aim of rescuing the derelict site from vandalism and neglect. The gardens were designed as part of a living art project 'what will the harvest be' founded by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie. The result is a beautiful open-access park and harvest garden acting as a unique and valued local resource for both the local and wider communities in Newham.


The Friends of Abbey Gardens has grown into a group of about 60 volunteers, all with a variety of skills, experience and connections to contribute.


Our Mission

To promote or the benefit or the inhabitants of Newham, London and the surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances for the public at large in the interest of social welfare and with object of improving the condition of life of the said inhabitants. 



To donate to the ongoing project and maintenance of the gardens you can do so through our PayPal link below

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