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.

UPCOMING EVENT DATES

Anniversary Celebration, 12-5pm, Saturday 15th June 2019, (REVISED DATE)

Open Gardens, 10am-5pm, Sunday 30th June 2019 (REVISED DATE)

Open House, 11am-3pm, Saturday 6th, 13th and 20th July 2019,

See our social media links for other chats, events and news,

Welcome to our NEW Website!
We are busy planting new web pages, pruning content and digging-in for a fun-filled Spring and Summer.

Some website features and links are not quite finished yet, but the website is now open, just like the Community Garden itself, through rain and shine.

Please bear with us while we clean the digital tools, rake out the speeling mistaks and water-in our seedling articles - we'll be ready soon.


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.

Opening times

9am - 2pm Monday
10am - 2pm Tuesday (horticultural training)
9am - 2pm Wednesday
9am - 2pm Thursday
9am - 2pm Friday
11am - 3pm Saturday
11am - 1pm Sunday (members only)

Closed Easter, Christmas & New Year's Day

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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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Have a look at some of the things we do.

All 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.


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 2018 over 5,000 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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