Barracks Lane Community Garden

A beautiful green space at the heart of a growing community

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A variety of different groups meet at the garden on a regular basis and welcome new members. Please contact the groups directly for further information, not the garden. If you can’t see the right group for you, why not start your own? We're always pleased to welcome new group bookings as well as bookings for one off events. Contact the co-ordinator at to discuss your ideas.

Chanting in the Cabin


Meet: Monthly - Fridays 7.30-9.30pm - see below for 2017 / 18 dates


Dates for 2017 / 18 :

Nov 24th (2017)

Jan 26
Feb 23
Mar 23
April 20
May 25
Jun 29
Jul 27

A mix of easy to follow songs & chants from various Indian traditions, all of which have different flavours - some more tuneful and uplifting and some more deep & grounding. Most have guitar or harmonium accompaniment, and sometimes other instruments show up as well. We also favour the non-pitch perfect experimental approach and spend some of the session just making the sounds that want to be made, with no structure or accompaniment, seeing where it wants to go. We also love to sit and absorb the echo for a while after making sound.

It's a great opportunity to relax, enjoy your voice and make sound without the pressure to get it right or be musically great. There are also many known health benefits and good reasons to do this, and it's also a lovely way to hang out with community.

Donations to good causes. We provide refreshments. No experience needed.

Contact: Josh: 07747 610539

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

MEDITATION: ‘Followers of the Heart’


Meet: Run over four Thursday evenings in November. November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th from 7.15pm to 9pm.


A Meditation Course

In front of the warm fire in the cabin of the community gardens, gathered together will be both those who are fresh to a mediation practice and also those who want to deepen their existing one. It is recommended that those attending come to all four evenings as the course is sequenced. The course is not based on any particular style or tradition. The simple intention is to help further the opening of our natural willingness to deepen our exploration of ourselves and everything. As well as guided meditation, there will be the opportunity to share experience with all it’s joys and all it’s difficulties, so we can learn from each other.


The suggested donation for participants is £40. This is to help the running of Barracks Lane. Any excess funds will be donated to charity. Concessions are available. No one should feel precluded for lack of funds.


To make a booking and for further information, please contact Derek Elliott - details below.

Contact: Derek Elliott on 07771 707178

Drop In? No please contact the group first.

Name It

Meet: Saturday evening from 6 - 9pm


Name  It young people’s project:  Meets Saturdays.  For young people 11 – 19 years old.  A chill out space open 6 – 9 pm.  Come along, share your ideas. More details from  Tel: 07763478011.  NOTE:  Not always running over school holidays.  Please check first.

Contact: Tel: 07763478011

Drop In? No please contact the group first.

Saturday social gardening group for joy, health and wellbeing! Starts April 2017


Meet: Every Saturday from April 1st - end Sept 2017 11am - 4pm


NOTE:  We have stopped for the winter months but hope to have  meet ups   Dec 2nd / Jan TBC.  Watch this space and face book for details.We will get going again in Spring 2018!

Saturday social gardening group for joy, health and wellbeing!

 Barracks Lane Community Garden in OX4 East Oxford / Cowley
Come and join our friendly drop in gardening group with tasks suitable for all levels of physical mobility in our lovely community garden.  
Relax with coffee and papers in the morning in our warm indoor space for those wishing to be rather than do!
The group runs every Saturday 11am4pm from April 1st to Oct 2nd 2017.  Fully accessible.  All welcome.  Free.
For more information about the garden and directions visit

The group is suitable for all – whatever your experience or physical fitness or mobility. You can just turn up and you are welcome to come for all or just some of the time. Please wear suitable clothes and bring a packed lunch if you are staying for the day. Tea and coffee provided.

Contact: 07729 655543

Drop In? Yes just turn up.


Meet: Mondays 10.30 - 12.30


Twiglets: outdoor group for kids and babies. We are a friendly volunteer-run group who meet every Monday morning 10.30-12.30 to enjoy being outside in the lovely Garden. Parents, grandparents and carers can have a cup of tea and a chat while little ones explore the garden - sandpit, seasonal fruits, willow structures..... We aim to provide a friendly, relaxed way for everyone to spend some time outside! We also have the cabin if it's too soggy to be outside. £3 for first child, additional children £1 (we're run by volunteers, admission goes to hire garden, tea and materials for occasional activities). Find us on Facebook (Group: Twiglets @ Barracks Lane) or contact Martha -

Drop In? Yes just turn up.


Would you like to host your own group at the Garden? Go to the Booking the Garden page for details.

Can’t see the right group for you? Why not start your own! Contact us to discuss your ideas.