The New Normal at Besson Street Community Garden

Keeping our community safe is our number one priority right now. We want to be able to deliver the best possible services to the community and that means doing things slightly differently. We are continuing with as many of our courses, classes and clubs as possible, paying lots of attention to social distancing, keeping everyone safe and following government guidelines. Face coverings are required for all courses.
Stay and play sessions – you will need to book a slot via our website Sessions are still running, one hour each, with limited numbers in each slot. Monday and Tuesdays, 9.30-10.30am and 10.45-11.45am, and Wednesday 1.30-2.30pm and 2.45-3.45pm.
ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) – we are offering blended courses, that means some face-to-face classes (in small groups) and some online classes. We offer pre-entry, Entry 1, 2 and 3/level 1). Our eSOL classes are free and are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Call 0207 639 7605 or email Helen for details:
Adult Learning Courses – we are running courses every term and they will all be delivered from New Cross Learning, 283-285 New Cross Road, SE14 6AS, to allow for greater space and social distancing. See our adult learning page for further details.
Gardening Club -there are now 4 gardening clubs per week, Monday 1-3om, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 12-2pm. As always, volunteers are always welcome. You can just come along and turn up.
Ukulele Classes – Every Tuesday during term time, from 3.45-5.15pm. these classes take place in Besson Street community Garden, only £1 per session.
Employment advice and support – All employment support is currently taking place virtually. You can email Elisha on, and she will be able to help you update your CV, find jobs to apply to and prepare for interviews.
Mindfulness – We will be offering another 8-week course in February. For more details, email
Sew you need to get out more – Sewing classes for anyone interested in learning patchwork, appliqué and meeting new people. Classes take place every Monday during term time, although you will need to book a place on this course by calling 0207 639 7605.
Personalised IT training – although we cannot offer IT training in person at the moment, if you have your own computer, we are able to offer personalised zoom based IT tuition. Out IT teacher will first show you how to set up Zoom, and will then help you through all of your other IT learning needs, through 1:1 or small group sessions. email for more information.