Happy 2015 to everyone! As always a great deal has been happening in the garden despite the cold and dark. Do take a moment to read through some of the highlights below. We look forward to seeing you soon, maybe at our next open day on the 21st of February, our pruning workshop on the 7th March or our seed and plant share on the 21st March. We have nine places left on the pruning workshop run by the expert Chris, orchard manager at Waterperry Gardens. Do book now if you would like a place.
We are also delighted to announce that the wonderful people who organise the Tandem Festival have loaned us their solar lights which means the garden will be much better lit throughout the darker months of the year. This is great for our regular groups who meet in the evening but it also means that the garden is much more useable in the late afternoon and early evening for private bookings. Do get in touch if you would like to use the garden for your own event.
News highlights, events details, special projects and information on our regular user groups, are all listed below.
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action Awards 2015 – Our regular volunteer and Garden Guardian, Roger Felton, is a winner in the individual volunteer award category for his services to the garden, in particular his work to keep it open throughout the summer months. Roger will be opening the garden every Sunday morning for drop in visits from March 1st 11am to 1pm. Once again thank you Roger! Barracks Land Garden was also one of three organisations shortlisted for the Oxford Bus Company Green Award which recognises the group that has had the biggest positive impact on the local environment and sustainability.
Are you aged 11 – 19? New youth group starts on a Saturday night
– Name It young people’s group is now meeting weekly at the garden. This is a new chill out space open 6 – 9 pm on Saturday. Come along, share your ideas. It’s your world, community, life… NAME IT! More details firstname.lastname@example.org
Students from Oxford Spires Academy paint new panels – Students from the Academy have been working with artist Dionne Freeman to produce a wonderful set of panels based on the seasons which will be hung in the entrance pathway to welcome people into the garden. You can view the panels in the cabin until they are varnished when they go up on the wall.
Winners Announced from the Barracks Lane Survey – Thank you to everyone who took part in our user survey at the end of last year. The names of everyone who took part went into a draw and we have notified the winners. Champaign, garden vouchers and a free session at the garden were the prizes!
New garden lease approved – The garden’s trustees have been negotiating with Oxford City Council over a new lease for the garden which will run for a further 15 years and which will include a new area of land at the bottom of the garden. Terms of the lease have now been agreed and it should be signed very shortly. Until the lease is signed no one can actually use the new piece of ground but you can peek through the fence!
Onwards and upwards with our eco kitchen project – So many people worked on a funding application to WREN, a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community projects. We had asked for funding to help improve our kitchen area. Sadly we were not successful this time around but we have had feedback and we will resubmit the bid. In the meantime thank you to all the groups and individuals who put the time and effort into this – we will keep you posted on progress.
Garden open and volunteer day with Matt
Saturday 21 February and Saturday 7th March 11.00am – 5.00pm
Please come by and the visit the garden, say hello and get involved in some winter activities if you feel in the mood!
We look forward to seeing you there.
All welcome. Please note that from March 1st the garden will be open every Sunday from 11am – 1pm for drop in visits. You are very welcome to come along, bring friends and family and use the garden and the sandpit.
Fruit tree pruning workshop with Chris Lanczak, orchard manager at Waterperry gardens
Saturday March 7 th 10.30am – 1.00pm
Learn how to prune your fruit trees with simple guidelines from Chris. Suitable for beginners and more experienced gardeners who want to refresh their skills. Chris is the expert! He has been orchard manager at Waterperry gardens for many years and knows all you ever need to know about pruning your fruit trees. If you would like him to help ID your trees, do bring along as much information as possible – a photo, twig, fruit etc. and he will do his best to help and advise. We have a wet-stone grinder at the garden if you want to bring along your garden tools for a sharpen in preparation for spring.
Book your place now! This workshop is very popular and places are limited. Booking form on the website or email the garden.
Seed, plant, pot and tool share with the Oxford permaculture group
Saturday 21 March 11am – 3 pm
Come and share excess seeds, plants, pots and tools. Learn more about permaculture in Oxford, find out the best way to plant seeds. Children’s planting station, refreshments and more examples of weird and wonderful seeds and pods from the University’s museum collection.
Suitable for all ages. Free with donations to the garden most welcome!
Regular groups meeting in the garden
Please contact the groups directly for further information about times, costs and available spaces if you are interested. Can’t see the group for you? Why not start your own? Details of how to book the garden are on our website.
Stay and Play with Staff from the East Oxford Family Center
: Meets Thursdays in term time. Play group for younger children. Contact Nina, Tel: 01865 248729
Special Projects: Face to Face at the Garden
Face 2 Face family group for children with additional needs and their families
Invites you to join them for a short course of free family fun sessions with Oxfordshire County Council skills and learning service, family learning.
Barracks Lane Community Gardens Barracks Lane Community Garden, Barracks Lane (off Cumberland Road), Oxford, OX4 2AP
Saturdays 28th February, 7th, 14th and 21st March
Time: 10am to 12pm
Discover and learn new activities together whilst getting to know other families in a lovely, fully accessible setting.
For more information or to book a place please contact Anna Hinton on
Booking the garden and cabin in the winter and Spring
The garden and cabin can be booked for parties, events, courses and projects. The wood burning stove makes the cabin very warm and cosy so the garden is a great place for winter as well as summer activities and of course you can have a bonfire. Thanks to the Tamdem Festival the garden will soon have solar lighting making it even more accessible in the darker months. Details of how to book are on our website.
Keep in touch and spread the news
Finally if you would like to become more involved in the garden we would love to hear from you. Join one of our volunteer sessions, help out at events, set up your own project or become a trustee! Get in contact and find out more.
Dates for your diary
Saturday 21 February, 11am-5.00pm Open garden and volunteer day
Saturday 7th March, 10.30am – 1.00pm Pruning workshop
Saturday 21st March, 11am-3pm Seed and Plant Share with the Oxford Permaculture Group
See our website for details of these and other events.