Welcome to

Abbey Physic Community Garden


Helping our members and the wider public maintain or improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing, build diverse skills and confidence, reduce social isolation and connect with their community. Through our commitment to equality and diversity and provision of inclusive services and support we aim to break down the stigma of mental ill health and build understanding and empathy.

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A Garden For Everyone

Celebrating 30 years in the community – Nominated for the Kings Award for volunteering services 2024

We hope there is something for everyone here, whether you would like to do some gardening, meet and spend time with people, join in with a group or activity, or just find a quiet corner to relax in nature.

Come and help us by volunteering. Book a taster session to see if this is for you. We have availability in our:

  • Community kitchen – 2.5hrs 10am – 12.30pm or 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Community Coffee Cabin – 9.30am-12.30pm  or 12pm -3pm
  • Men`s Shed – Wednesday or Fridays 10am -1.30pm (must be competent with tools.)
  • Garden Maintenance person – repairing, mending, painting.
  • Gardeners of all abilities – Monday to Friday – hours to suit.

It`s a great way to make friends, good fun and helps our project to keep going.

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch at 01795 539915 or at communitygarden@abbeyphysic.org.We look forward to hearing from you.

Anyone can become a member – contact us at millie.abbeyphysic@gmail.com, call 01795 539915, visit our membership page, or come along to the garden any time during members’ opening hours to find out more.

Fresh cooked lunch served Monday – Friday 12.30 -1pm

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If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch at 01795 539915 or at communitygarden@abbeyphysic.org.

Very best wishes,

The Abbey Physic Community Garden Team

Courses at the Abbey Physic Community Garden

We now run a series of 6 week courses at the garden that are free to our members. If you are interested in attending please email us community.garden@abbeyphysic.org

Growing a Healthy Community

What we offer

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

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.

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.

We work in partnership with many local groups and organisations.

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.


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