Abbey Physic Community Garden
A community based charity run by garden members, which places emphasis on the therapeutic benefits of horticultural and craft activities.
The Abbey Physic Community Garden is a members based community project within a half acre walled garden in the centre of Faversham. The three principal aims of the project are: firstly to help relieve the needs of people with mental health problems and provide relief to those who are socially and economically disadvantaged; secondly to be inclusive of everybody and promote non-segregation, so that people from all different backgrounds can benefit from working at the garden; thirdly to help people to develop life skills and coping strategies, undertake training, achieve qualifications, pursue employment opportunities, gain independence and take responsibility for themselves. The space is divided up into the following zones: a forest garden, cottage garden, wildlife garden, shaded borders, no-dig raised beds, as well as fruiting trees and bushes scattered around the site. In these zones we grow a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables using permaculture principles which we then sell to the general public. We also produce various crafts for sale; cards, soaps, willow baskets, wildlife homes, as well as jams and preserves, all made at the garden using garden produce. We are open to the public and the garden is a community space which can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone.