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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July 2021 - Fridays Open To Public

Dear members and friends,

As the first step on the road of re-opening the garden to the public, we are pleased to announce that the gate will be open to all visitors on Fridays, between 10am and 3pm, starting from Friday, 30th July. We have asked members for their thoughts and feelings about reopening, mindful of the need to ensure that the garden remains a place of comfort, refuge, and healing, and have therefore decided to make this reopening a gradual process. We will continue to monitor the developing situation as the latest easing of restrictions progresses, and will announce any future changes when appropriate to do so.

As ever, anyone can become a member (by calling 01795 539915, emailing tom.abbeyphysic@gmail.com, or at the Membership link at the top of this page), and come along to the garden on weekdays, to take part in any of our regular activities:
  • Gardening – Every week day except Tuesdays
  • Horticulture Certificate Course – Tuesdays
  • Community Kitchen – Wednesday and Friday mornings
  • Men’s Shed (not just for men!) – Wed. and Fri. mornings
  • Art Group – Fortnightly Friday mornings
  • Tribal Drumming Group – Fortnightly Thursday afternoons
  • Happy Café – 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • Litter Picking Group – Thursday mornings
  • Beekeeping – Regularly throughout spring-autumn
  • Socialising / Cups of Tea – All the time!
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us at 01795 539915 or at tom.abbeyphysic@gmail.com.

Very best wishes,

The Abbey Physic Community Garden Team


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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.

All Year Round Gardening


Help to maintain our award winning garden 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.


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.