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


29th July and then: Sept 23rd / Oct 28th / Nov 25th

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.

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

Contact: Tel: 07763478011

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

Open garden with Quiltbag crafternoon


Meet: We meet 2-5 usually the second Sunday of the month. In Dec we meet on the 11th.


Quiltbag stands for

Queer/Questioning Undicided Intersex Lesbian Trans Bisexual Asexual/agender Gay

A crafternoon is a shared making and creative space

We seek to make a no pressure art and social space, where no one will police or question our identities

We bring some refreshments, a couple of games, yarn, drawing materials, colouring books and any other crafty things that take our fancy. Feel free to bring along your own snacks, art projects, games, or just yourself!

Entry is by donation – pay what you like to support the garden.

Contact: Email

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

Qigong for Health with Zoe


Meet: Thursdays starting 12 January 7.45-9pm


Qigong with Zoe continues into the New Year with a series of classes designed to support your body and being through the turning of winter, with attention to nourishing the organs associated with this season, and a grounding practice of Shibashi Set 1 to help detox your system and allow your body’s natural healing energy to flow more smoothly and efficiently. Suitable for beginners, and those with some experience of Qigong who would like a refresher. Zoe Bicat is a qualified and insured teacher of Qigong and Tai Chi who has taught seasonal cycles of Qigong classes in Oxford since 2014.

Please book rather than just turning up.

Contact: Zoe Bicat 07954 371 368

Drop In? No please contact the group first.

Volunteer Gardening and Skill Sharing Group


Meet: We are not meeting in the winter but will start again in April. Watch this space!


Would you like to know more about gardening and plant stewardship? Would you enjoy gardening with others and sharing your skills?
The group is led by experienced gardener and horticulturalist who will be sharing their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. This is part of a larger project called Gardening for All Ages and celebrates gardening at all ages and stages of life.
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.


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.