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.
Mental Health Awareness Week - 18th to 24th May
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Across the country people and organisations will be coming together to share in acts of kindness, and to help reduce the stigma which still persists around talking openly about mental health.
Mental health and wellbeing are issues close to our hearts here at the garden, especially during the ongoing pandemic. So we've put together a list of lockdown-friendly at-home and online activities for you to take part in, to spread some kindness throughout the week.
Please follow this link, or click the image, to find our activities, and to find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week.
Have a look at some of the things we do.
Everyone welcome, get in contact and join in, we'd love to see you.
Come and train in horticulture and get to know how to grow.
Join our cookery sessions and get skilled up, motivated and ignite your spark.
Ground Force Action Team
Help to build sustainable wildlife areas in the heart of Faversham.
Growing a Healthy Community
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.
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.
Opening times (revised January 2020)
10am - 2pm Monday
10am - 2pm Tuesday (training only)
10am - 2pm Wednesday
10am - 2pm Thursday
10am - 2pm Friday
11am - 3pm Saturday
11am - 2pm Sunday
Due to unforeseen circumstances we occasionally aren't able to open at these times. If you are planning a special visit please feel free to contact us first.
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.
Better for our members
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
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
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.