In this email: Can you help spread the word about our exciting new spring plans and activities? Spring events at the garden include a seed swap, regular coffee and newspaper sessions, craft, Easter egg dying and hunting, music with Nick Cope and gardening every Saturday.   We are especially keen to welcome older members of the community into the garden.  Please spread word and invite  older friends and family to join you on your visits or come independently - everyone is very welcome.   We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Spring in the Garden

What are you doing this Saturday? 
Come and join us every Saturday from April 1st in our lovely community garden - and please spread the word that we are open for everyone!

Relax over coffee and papers in the warm cabin – or out in the sunshine.
Take part in gentle or active gardening as part of our Saturday volunteer gardening group.
Enjoy free activities and events.
Meet new friends.
Be assured of a warm welcome – if you come alone or with family and friends.

Saturday open garden days run from 1st April to the 28th October 2017  11am - 4.00pm.
Gardening activities all day.

11am – 1pm Coffee, papers, chat and gardening.   Our large sandpit is open all day for younger visitors.  
1 – 2pm You are welcome to bring a picnic or packed lunch and eat in the cabin or garden.
2 – 4pm Activities or  just enjoy being in the garden.

Spring afternoon programme

1 April            Exploring the garden, listen to birdsong, make a bird box
8 April            Musician Nick Cope in the cabin (this is our one Spring event that you do need a ticket for.  See below or our website for details)
15 April         Teach your grandmother to suck eggs!  Easter egg hunt and egg dying
22 April         Seed planting and clay pot painting
29 April         Discovering plants in the garden. Designing our memory garden.
6 May            Setting up a neighborhood action group
13 May          Stitch and chat.  Rug ragging and cushion making. Bring your own craft project.
20 May          Cowley past and present.  Bring your photos of East Oxford and Cowley.
27 May          Plant Swap.  Explore the garden.

Part of our Gardening for All Ages project funded by the National Lottery Awards for All Programme and the St Michael's and All Saints Charitable Fund. If you would like to become more involved in this project or involve a group or organisation please email

Seed Swap on March 25th

Seed Swap and Share

Incredible Edible and Oxford Permaculture are hosting a seed swap and share  at the garden.  Come along to find out how to plant and save seeds, hear local band Papa Nui, eat pizza from the wood fired pizza oven and celebrate the start of the growing season.  Bring seeds to swap and share if you have them!

March 25th.  12 noon - 4pm.  Suitable for all ages.

Crafting in the cabin happens monthly with the Quiltbag group
Groups meeting at the garden in Spring 2017

Details of groups who meet regularly at the garden are on the website  We have chanting in the cabin, crafting sessions with the Quiltbag group, weekly sessions with the Name It!  youth group and a weekly gardening group starting on April 1st.

Remember the garden in spring makes a lovely venue for your own course, event or party with a wood burner making the cabin very cosy.   You can book the garden all the year around.  Please note that the garden is  non alcohol venue. Booking information at:

Loneliness and what we can do about it - workshop

 Workshop on Loneliness and what we can do about it
27th  March 7 - 9pm in the garden.

Run by Peter Lefort from the Eden Project's Big Lunch Programme. 

Loneliness can affect anyone and everyone, but the stigma is such that in order to address it seriously you must first consider all aspects of it and feel able and comfortable talking about it.

However many people see loneliness only from another person’s perspective or purely retrospectively.

This session will support you to explore how we perceive loneliness and what you can do about it, both in your own life and to support others either formally or informally.

 Free but you do need to book:

Nick Cope is playing in the garden on April 8th 2pm
Nick Cope is playing a fund-raising gig in April to raise money to support the garden.  Thank you Nick!
Saturday April 8th 2017.  2pm – 3pm in the cabin.

Price: £4.50 per ticket.   You can buy tickets in advance at  There is a small booking fee.  You can buy tickets on April 1st at the garden without paying a booking fee  but please bring the correct money or a cheque made out to Barracks Lane Community Garden. 

In the past tickets have sold out to all Nick Cope events.
If we have any remaining tickets for sale we will sell them on the door.  We will put  information about on the door sales on the website before the event. 
We recommend you buy tickets in advance.
Buy tickets: http://

You will need a ticket to hear Nick in the cabin but you are welcome to come into the garden for free.  Refreshments available.
Hear Nick Cope here:


" I just wanted to say thank you so much for allowing us use of the garden for my daughter's birthday. We had a wonderful time - it was great to have both indoor and outdoor space, and the children loved running around the garden and exploring all the different areas. The cabin was wonderfully cosy for our tea party too. I'm sure we will use the garden again in the future." 

The garden is a great venue for children's parties, events, courses and workshops.  It is available to hire all the year round and is excellent value.  Please go to our website for more information.
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