Welcome to

Abbey Physic Community Garden

Providing companionship, therapeutic activities, training and skill building for people
with mental health issues, those who are socially isolated and everyone in the wider community.

Want to join in?

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We rely on donations.

Email or visit our social media links for other news, comments and event updates.

Zoom Cooking Sessions

Free weekly online cook-along sessions (featured on BBC Radio Kent!), for those who want to cook, or just meet up with friends old and new:

  • 11am on Wednesdays for garden members,
  • 11am on Fridays for all-comers,

Full details of recipes made available every Monday, Zoom meeting ID: 675 702 0894, password: apcg


Garden Support For Members during Covid 19

Changes due to lockdown - January 2021


Dear Members and Friends,

Due to the severity of the developments which have prompted the latest lockdown, and following the best current medical advice for everyone to stay at home and stay safe as much as possible, we will be making the following temporary changes to the running of the garden:

  • postponing activities at the garden for the duration,
  • making the garden available for those urgently in need of social support and contact:
  • these sessions will run from 11am to 1pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays,
  • booking is required - please contact 07851 150434 or apcgvolunteers@gmail.com to let us know if you will be coming down,
  • we will need to check your temperature and log you in when you arrive at the garden.

As ever we will be monitoring the situation as it develops, and will revisit these new arrangements and keep everyone updated through email and Facebook posts as and when any changes take place.


Useful links and contact information for accessing support during lockdown:

  • Taking good care of our own and each other's mental health is vital at the moment - for an excellent list of resources to support you or someone you know please click here.
  • The local Safe Haven 24 hour phone lines, providing crisis support for those struggling during the pandemic, can be reached on 07876 476703 or 07483 163953.
  • The Abbey Physic Community Garden can provide members with vouchers to access Faversham Food Bank, please contact us at tom.abbeyphysic@gmail.com or 01795 539915 - to visit the Faversham Food Bank website please click here.
  • The APCG Members' Whatsapp Group is available to all with smartphones or tablets - for an invite to the group please contact tom.abbeyphysic@gmail.com.
  • The Faversham Community Coronavirus Help and Support group can be found on Facebook - please click here.
  • The Covid-19 Mutual Aid website has a comprehensive list of groups organising support for residents of all areas, including smaller villages - to search for a group please click here.


In the meantime...

Besides working to make sure the garden is looking as lovely as possible for when you return, we will be providing online activities and updates on a regular basis, look out for:

  • live-streamed cook-along and social sessions,
  • a return of the weekly blog from the garden,
  • pictures and video clips from the garden team,
  • suggestions of lockdown-friendly activities.

The garden team is still here and working for you and the community, please don't hesitate to get in touch for any reason at all at tom.abbeyphysic@gmail.com or 07851 150434.


Very best wishes to all,
The Abbey Physic Community Garden Team.

As ever, anyone can still become a member, please contact us as above, or you can join online by subscribing through Paypal on our membership page and downloading a membership form to bring to the garden with you by clicking below:

Due to the ongoing situation we sincerely regret that we do not currently have any plans to reopen the garden to the general public. As soon as that changes we will post any updates both here, and on our Facebook and other social media pages.


Visit today to find gifts handmade by Abbey Physic Community Garden members and volunteers. All sales will go to support the continuing work of the garden.


Have a look at some of the things we do.

Everyone welcome, get in contact and join in, we'd love to see you.

Horticulture Training

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Come and train in horticulture and get to know how to grow.

Community Kitchen

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Join our cookery sessions and get skilled up, motivated and ignite your spark.

Ground Force Action Team

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Help to build sustainable wildlife areas in the heart of Faversham.

Faversham Men's Shed

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Shoulder to shoulder.
You are guaranteed a warm welcome.

Art & Crafts

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Sessions run throughout the year.
Art, willow basketry, soap-making plus so much more.

Happy Café

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Action for Happiness
Come for the coffee and stay for the conversation.


Growing a Healthy Community

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What we offer

We actively support people isolated by their mental or physical health, or social and economic disadvantage, and we give them a community to feel a part of. The APCG offers a healing space for all, regardless of age, culture or ability.


  • We help breakdown social isolation through informal networking by providing a space to meet casually, to relax and de-stress.
  • Participation can support members improve their ability to manage thoughts, emotions and build social relationships.
  • Improve confidence to support members natural ability to learn and acquire skills, ultimately enabling full participation in their community.
  • We focus on the Garden's ability to affect good mental and physical health.
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Who we are for

For many people it is a delightful destination during a pleasant day out. For others who take a different path to the Physic Garden, it is a far more meaningful place.

You will find a peaceful refuge from a life outside which may be chaotic or troubled.

The benefits that people gain include social connections, self-confidence, physical and emotional well-being, and not least the simple knowledge that people care for them.

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Why we are needed

We know the statistic of 1 in 4 experiencing mental health issues, and we know rates of self-harm in the UK are the highest in Europe.

We also know that people with mental health issues are amongst the least likely of any group with long-term mental health issues to:

  • Find work
  • Be in a long-term relationship
  • Live in decent housing
  • Be socially included in mainstream society

Research from Time to Change shows the best way to challenge discrimination and stereotypes is through first-hand contact with people with experience of mental health issues.

That is why we are open to everyone, the wider community, schools and groups, over 5,000 visitors a year and participate in many annual community events.

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Why APCG?

Better for our members

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Improved mental health, less social isolation, new friends and more consumption of healthy food are just some of the benefits that people enjoy from taking part in the garden and its activities.

Better for the environment

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As well as gardening organically we garden sustainably, following the principles of Permaculture and act as a Land Learning Centre in conjunction with the Permaculture Association.

Better for the community

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In 2019 over 6,000 people visited the garden.

As well as local people we welcomed visitors from countries in Europe, Australia, and even a South Korean film crew who spent a day documenting what we do to take the gardening for health message back home.


Come and see us!

It's a nice place to be.

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