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A New Garden Club Leader




And so we are advertising for a new Garden Club Leader for next season ... it's a great job in a wonderful place so do spread the word! You can find the full Job Description and how to apply over on the Abbey Gardens website here

Goodbye to Hamish …




After 6 seasons, helping us grow the garden and our horticultural knowledge Hamish our Garden Club Leader has decided to undertake new opportunities.  
For most visitors Hamish was the face of Abbey Gardens, always welcoming and smiling, patient and diligent with his deep knowledge and gardening advice. 
On behalf of all members, we wish to thank him and we wish him all the best for his next steps.

Harvest Festival East




Abbey Gardens would like to invite you to our Harvest Festival East on Saturday 26 September from 1-4pm. (details in flyer attached).
The event will have many activities for all ages, including: 
  • Watch Bollywood dance group, Tridhara, and learn it yourself in their dancing workshop
  • Attempt apple dunking, thanks to Team Perham,
  • Enjoy seasonal food cooked by Tom Fletcher from Rejuce and fresh pressed juices by Quirky Nature
  • and last but not least, show off your baking skills and bring an entry to our Apple Tart competition! 
We look forward to seeing you there! 

Summer Fete 2015




It's that time of year again!

Abbey Gardens Summer Fete – a free event for all ages on Saturday 25 July 2015 from 1pm – 4pm

Come along to try an array of activities and enjoy the garden: 

Talk by Neil Fraser, author of Over the Border: The Other East End 
Exhibition of archive images from the garden 
Enjoy music from the Regent Community Brass Band 
Buy fresh produce, as well as homemade pickles, jams and chutneys on our honesty stall 
Children's activities, including a Treasure Hunt and a potato and spoon race 
Delicious food created by Vegan Peasant 
And our ever-popular tea and cake stall

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

Busy Busy Busy ...




There's a LOT happening at Abbey Gardens in the next few weeks and also some ways you can help us to raise the important funds we need to keep the garden running.

We will be taking part in the Art Moves exhibition on September 20th-21st; celebrating Urban Food Fortnight with a charity dinner on September 24th and of course there is PUMPKINFEST, our Annual Harvest Festival on September 27th, which is a free event in the garden from 1-4pm. 

Art Moves
September 20th/21st, 10am-6pm Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Abbey Gardens’ Honesty Stall will be part of the Art Moves exhibition on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September (10am -6pm) in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Mandeville Place. The exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile architecture and design as part of Open House London weekend. Vicki will be with the stall during the event but any volunteers would be most welcome! If possible email Vicki at admin 'at' abbeygardens.org

Urban Food Fortnight, Abbey Gardens fundraising dinner
September 24th, 7pm EastTwenty Cafe
To celebrate Urban Food Fortnight, EastTwenty ( the café of the arcelormittalorbit tower) are planning a special fundraising dinner for Abbey Gardens on Wednesday 24th September at 7pm.  Working with Abbey Gardens they we will be serving visitors a special menu of fresh, seasonal produce – that has been grown and made within London and some at Abbey Gardens (as far as possible!)

Tickets are priced at £25 and include two courses and a botanical cocktail (with wonderful Abbey Garden herbs). The event will be at EastTwenty Hospitality Suite. A donation from the ticket price will be made to Abbey Gardens with an additional commission if Abbey Gardens sell the tickets!

There will also be a prize draw on the night, where you can win numerous great prizes!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – CALL 0333 800 8099 TO BOOK!


PUMPKINFEST
September 27th, 1-4pm Abbey Gardens
This year’s Harvest Festival at Abbey Gardens is PUMPKINFEST – a free, fun-filled event celebrating all things pumpkin! 

Firstly, we are hoping that many of you will take part in one of the two competitions:
1. Pumpkin-squash-gourd competition – bring your best looking or most interesting pumpkin, squash, gourd or marrow for display and it might win a prize!  All produce will be returned after the event.
2. Creativity with vegetables – create something unique with your vegetables – entries can include carved pumpkins, decorated pumpkins, vegetable sculptures – anything! 

Our competition prizes have been kindly donated by Foyles and Sawmills Cafe.

Other activities include:

And of course there will be our honesty stall and the popular tea and cake stall.  In particular, this year we have been working really hard on some original Abbey Gardens produce – there will be homemade tea, chutneys and over 100 jars of Abbey Gardens original gherkins – all available for donations to the garden!

Community Haystacks




A local project that may well be of interest:

Community Haystacks invites everyone with an interest in the history and current use of the marshes to take part, with the aim to reintroduce annual communal harvest events to the former Lammas Land. The Walthamstow Marshes are one of the last expanses of semi-natural marshland left in London, and were formerly used widely for grazing and haymaking. Since 1985 the land has been designated a Site of Special Specific Interest (SSSI) and is now managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park.

Traditionally the Marshes were considered “common land” and Lee Valley Regional Park now conserves the Marshes using an ancient system of management, where hay is cut on Lammas Day (1 August). The event takes place on the Lammas Meadows behind the Lee Valley Ice Rink on Lea Bridge Road. For event bookings and further information visit: visitleevalley.org.uk/haystacks

Programme
Scything Lessons Friday and Saturday, 1-2 August, 1.30pm & 4.30pm 

Scything expert Clive Leeke will run two-hour workshops (priced at £5 to cover use of tools and refreshments), which will include practical experience of different scything methods as well as information about the numerous advantages of traditional scything.

Book your tickets now. Alternatively, if you’re a dab-hand at sycthing, why not just come along!

Talks 
Friday and Saturday, 1-2 August, 7pm 

Free talks on the Marshes and the chance to discuss broader issues related to the history, management and current use of the site. Invited speakers include artist and architect Céline Condorelli, food grower and conservationist Fiona Fiona McAllister (Growing Communities), artist Alana Jelinek and a representative from the New Lammas Land Defence Committee.

Haystack Making
Sunday, 3 August, 12-4pm 

Day three will be dedicated to gathering hay and building haystacks. This is a family friendly event and guests are invited to bring their own picnic and join in the making of the largest haystack the Marshes have seen for while! The park rangers will also offer guided walks around the meadows with first-hand information about the wildlife, plants and land management.

The event is organised by the Lee Valley Regional Park Rangers together with artists Kathrin Böhm and Louis Buckley. This year’s ‘Haystack’ follows on from a first public haystack making on the marshes in 2013.

Haystacks are a series of informal meetings to talk about rural links and practices, started by Kathrin Böhm 
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The Year of the Pumpkin




I LOVE this pumpkin photo board that The Friends of Abbey Gardens have been using to publicise our Pumpkinfest in September ... Beautifully modelled here by Andreas who I believe instigated the board production!

You can see everyone who had a go in the hot spot at the Newham Mayor's show here.

A job at Abbey Gardens?




ABBEY GARDENS IS PRESENTLY SEEKING A PART-TIME CO-ORDINATOR TO OVERSEE THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GARDEN’S ACTIVITIES.

This excellent opportunity offers the challenge of working with a diversity of people within a newly formed charity. The role involves project managing the administration and funding of the charity, assisting in planning the garden’s programme and co-ordinating the garden’s publicity and communications.

The Project Co-ordinator will be self-employed and contracted for an initial 6 months, which can be extended, subject to funding.

Ideally, the successful candidate will possess some experience in charity administration or running local / community gardens. However, enthusiastic and motivated individuals with related experience will also be seriously considered.

To learn more and find out how to apply, please read the job description here.

Closing dates for applications is 12th April 2014.

For more information about this post, please contact   jobs 'at' abbeygardens.org

Winter Warmer




Thank you to all of you who helped make this season another milestone year for Abbey Gardens.
The Friends group registered as a Charity in January, ran over 100 free gardening sessions, attracted over 200 people to the Summer event and Harvest Festival, secured additional funding to build a composting toilet and a cooking area...
Gardening sessions ended last Saturday to a bumper crop of sweet potatoes, which sealed a year of amazing harvest...
But the season would not be complete without our Frost Fair on December 7th from 4 - 6pm.
The event is free, so come out, enjoy warm Winter drinks and home made soups and sing along with members of All Saints Chorus. There will be a wreath making workshop, chutney tasting and of course, our ever-popular cake stall.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 7th !

What Will This Year's Harvest Be?




Celebrate the flavours of the harvest at Abbey Gardens Food Glorious Food Harvest Festival on Saturday 28 September, 1pm-4pm 
A free event for all ages

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

Cake and chutney competition entries are to be prepared in advance and brought to the garden on the day.

And if you can’t wait that long, come and see us on Saturday 7 September when we’ll be taking part in NGS Gardens Open for Charity, from 10am – 5pm. Entry £2 (free for children) in aid of this year’s NGS charities; tea and cake for donations.

Harvest Festival poster design kindly donated by Catherine French

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