Abbey Physic Community Garden

LAND Region: 
EnglandSouth East
LAND Project Type: 
LAND Centre

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.

Member Project known date: 
Friday, 13 January, 2012
Number of people text: 
Abbey Physic can accommodate 15 to 20 visitors
Within the garden a number of projects have or are being established that show Permaculture in action. These are: wildlife area and wildlife pond; bug palaces; forest garden; rain/greywater harvesting; compost toilet; composting; growing/selling organic fruit and vegetables; ‘Bake Your Lawn’ giving children the opportunity to grow organic wheat to harvest and turn into flour and then bake Real Bread in the clay oven; being a safe communal place for people to enjoy; supporting and sharing; solar panels; sedum roof; running courses and networking; conducting permaculture research by taking part in the mixed veg trials. This is an ongoing and evolving plan in which people can work together to create real communities.
Project start date: 
January, 2007
Abbey Place
Faversham, Kent ME13 7BG
United Kingdom
Kent GB