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An upcycled community space for growing and connecting

Proudly created by the Forest Gate community in partnership with the London Borough of Newham, Swan Housing Association and Little Diamonds nursery, and funded by the Mayor of London and Thames Water.

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The UP Garden is a formerly abandoned laundry yard in an East London council estate, reclaimed by local residents to create a free-to-access upcycled community space.

It is a place for intergenerational socialisation, where everyone can learn about gardening, biodiversity and eco-sustainability.

The creation of The UP Garden has been funded by the GLA via its Grow Back Greener scheme, with matched funds from the London Borough of Newham and Swan Housing Association who own and manage, respectively, the estate in which it is located.

Find out more about how The UP Garden came about, and our journey from creation to launch.

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In Touch With Nature

We know it can be tricky to find affordable activities when term breaks, so Fiona - our forest school teacher - will be running her ever-popular urban nature workshops during school holidays. Please register your free spots.

GoodGym takeover

Get fit by doing good, in fresh air, with like-minded people! Join GoodGym as they get you and our Yard in shape, on Wednesday 29 March, 7:15-8:15pm. Can't make this one? GoodGym visit us every month so check back for their next takeover.

When we don't have events on, you can still come and hang out in The UP Garden every day! See opening times and location.


The UP Garden is also on the GLA’s East London nature trail - check it out, or any of these other amazing green spaces in Newham:

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Other events

To hear about new events first, join our General Mailing List.

We sometimes host ad hoc sessions to introduce new features to The UP Garden. Find out more through our Volunteers Mailing List.

everyone is welcome   সবাইকে স্বাগতম  ہر ایک کا خیرمقدم ہے  બધાનું સ્વાગત છે   visi laukiami  அனைவரையும் வரவேற்கிறோம் 

wszyscy są mile widziani          ਹਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਦਾ ਸੁਆਗਤ ਹੈ          toată lumea este binevenită         todos são bem-vindos

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Find The UP Garden

We aim to be open from 9:00-ish until around sunset every day, but times might change as we rely on local resident volunteers to open and close The UP Garden. We try to give advance notice of any substantial changes to opening times on Instagram and Twitter.

Eric Close laundry yard, Forest Gate, London, E7 0AY

(Entrance is between 1-4 and 5-10 Eric Close. If using satnav, best address is 4 Eric Road, E7 0AZ.)

We are not affiliated to the Forest Gate Community Garden but you can find out more about their lovely space here!

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