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.

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We rely on donations.

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Garden Support For Members during Covid 19

October 2020

The Abbey Physic Community Garden is open for member support six days a week. We are holding morning and afternoon sessions on a weekly rota basis - please contact tom.abbeyphysic@gmail.com, or call 01795 539915 to book your slot or for more information.

Numbers are kept to a minimum so it is essential to book.

Are support groups allowed to run during November's lockdown?

Thankfully, yes, we can continue to offer support, face to face, in line with the Government's advice. Support groups are protected under the new rules, which state that: "Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support."

We are COVID-secure. We can meet safely and will continue to do so for anyone facing depression, anxiety or other emotional distress all through lockdown.

Anyone can 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:

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


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

Community Kitchen


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.

Faversham Men's Shed


Shoulder to shoulder.
You are guaranteed a warm welcome.

Art & Crafts


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

Happy Café


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

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 November 2020)

Due to Covid-19 we have implemented a rota system. Our gate will be unlocked am & pm for the following times Monday - Friday.

10am - 10.30 1pm-1.30pm

Sunday 11pm - 2pm

Tuesday Horticulture training only.


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.

Come and see us!

It's a nice place to be.