Abbey Gardens viewed from the Webcam

friends & neighbours

West Ham Allotment Society

the nearest allotments to the site

The Friends of West Ham Park

our other gardening neighbours

The Manor Gardens Allotments

information about their campaign to try & stay within the Olympic park and the new site they have now been moved to.

The South London Botanical Institute

the Institute provides facilities for the study of plants including ecology and conservation, and aims to encourage interest in all aspects of plant life. This is where we found wild flower expert Roy Vickery who joined us for the 2008 Urban Seed Day.

City Wood Services

'harvest' wood from London and beyond, all ready to be recycled. The wood can come from a variety of sources - anything from fallen trees to 'art waste' from galleries, what's more they are only a stone's throw away from Abbey Gardens & they built our raised beds.

Lawson Park garden

the development of which Karen has led since 2001

Guerrilla Gardening

A great site from Richard in London which charts current guerrilla gardening activity across the world. Local entries include a great video of Sean a blind gardener in London who has transformed his whole street. There's a blog, community forums and an excellent links page.

green initiatives


with allotment waiting lists massively over-subscribed and people right across the country keener than ever to grow their own fruit and veg, the aim for Landshare is to become a UK wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible to all.

Capital Growth

Abbey Gardens is Capital Growth plot no. 76! This is a campaign to get 2012 new growing spaces in London by (you guessed it) 2012.

Growing Communities

a social enterprise run by local people in Hackney, working to create a more sustainable food system through projects which provide practical alternatives to the existing food system.

Roots and Shoots

great organisation which provides vocational training for young people from the inner city, mainly from the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

Liz Christy Community Garden

started in 1973 by New Yorker Liz Christy and a group of gardening activists known as the Green Guerillas who were planting window boxes, & vacant lots with ‘seed bombs’ and tree pits in the area.

other art & gardening projects

Edible Estates

this project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg and there's now one project here in the UK near to the Tate.

The Field Station Energy Café

was a project by Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs) at nearby Gunpowder Park. They constructed an 'Energy Café'  with the local community to harvest wild food from Gunpowder Park and source farm or home-grown produce within a five mile radius. They experimented with sustainable ways of cooking and made an off grid kitchen from free recycled materials.

The Environmental Health Clinic

at NYU is a clinic and lab, modeled on other health clinics at universities. However the project approaches health from an understanding of its dependence on external local environments; rather than on the internal biology and genetic predispositions of an individual. Set up by artist Natalie Jeremijenko this umbrella project hosts some fascinating products and schemes. This solar awning is one of our favourites.


a group of innovative practitioners from new media art & design with a really interesting portfolio of projects - from F.R.U.I.T Network to a 'lunchbox lab'.


Susanne Cockrell and Ted Purves create social art projects that investigate the overlay of urban and rural systems upon the lives of specific communities.  The collaboration began with a two and a half year public project (2004-2007), Temescal Amity Works, which facilitated and documented the exchange of backyard produce, conversation, and collective biography within the Temescal Neighborhood of Oakland, CA.

Fallen Fruit

"Public Fruit" is the concept behind the Fallen Fruit, an activist art project which started as a mapping of all the public fruit in their neighborhood. They ask others to contribute maps so they can expand to cover the United States and then the world! I'm not sure about their 'look' but I like the idea ...

useful sites & resources

The Postcode Plants Database

this site from the Natural History Museum does what it says - you put in a postcode and it gives you a list of the wildflowers found near there!

Really Wild Flowers

this site sells wild flower seeds and plug plants, but they also have advice sheets and good images of their wild plants.

Brogdale Farm

home of the National Fruit Collection and an amazing fruit identification service. They identified the  JONAGORED apples on the Abbey Gardens site.

website design & build by dorian @ the useful arts organisation