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.

Updated May 18th, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Following the recent easing of lockdown restrictions by the government, we are now looking to find a way to make the garden available for members again as soon as we can, whilst making sure we have taken every precaution to ensure everyone's safety.

Details of this will be posted here, and on Facebook, and we will be reaching out to members, as things fall into place over the coming weeks.

If you are self-isolating or otherwise affected by this we can still help - call us on 01795 539915 or 07851 150434 for help with:

  • picking up shopping
  • urgent supplies
  • a friendly phonecall.

Please watch this space for updates, or on our Facebook page, or please give us a call. We will also be responding to emails – abbeyphysic@btinternet.com.

Please look after yourselves as best you can. Take some time to go outside, listen to nature and enjoy the sun. Keep in touch with each other and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Very best wishes - the APCG team.

Helpful links for volunteers and those in need of support:

- Support for vulnerable groups and the self-isolated - the NHS volunteer responders are there to help support people in vulnerable groups or the self-isolated, follow this link to access this support - or contact 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).

- Porchlight's Aspirations - support for anyone over the age of 25 who is out of work and facing mental health and wellbeing challenges - contact on 0333 880 2730, or through their online contact form, or at aspirations@porchlight.org.uk - follow this link for more information.

- KCC 24 hour mental health crisis text service. If you, or anyone you know, are in need of support with mental wellbeing, simply text 'Kent' to 85258. More details of this service can be found by clicking here.

- Coronavirus knowhow - the British Red Cross has provided a series of training sessions aimed at volunteers, but perfect for anyone who wants to inform themselves of the best ways to look after themselves and others.


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.

Want to join in?


We rely on donations.

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

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 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.

Come and see us!

It's a nice place to be.