Our colleagues, The Friends of Springfield Park & Guiseley Wells have been awarded one of a unique set of 15 community benches provided by the Leeds Civic Trust ‘Take A Seat’ Project. The benches will commemorate how the citizens of Leeds came together during the Covid 19 Pandemic of Spring 2020. A little like the Trust’s Blue Plaques scheme that celebrates notable historic events. 

The bench that needs your help to produce an historic Guiseley design.

The bench will be sited in the ancient heart of our community, at Guiseley Wells, as part of an ongoing project to improve the area. It will be painted with an individual design telling the ‘Guiseley Story’ of this time.   The local artist who will do the design is Lucy Phillips of Codswallop CIC. The Friends are now asking local people to help flesh out that design by completing a survey and we thought the Friends of Parkinson’s Park would like to take part.


During the pandemic, nature and the outdoors became a sanctuary for many local people. They took to their gardens, streets and the surrounding landscape to walk, run, grow produce and find solace.  Many reported that with ‘more time’ they noticed far more about the local and natural environment than they ever had done before.

The design of this historic bench will be based on those experiences.   Can you help inspire the artwork by telling ‘your story’;  what the outdoors and the natural environment meant to you in this period, and what you experienced about the community coming together?


Tell Lucy your story of Spring 2020 by responding to the several questions in the design survey and adding a photo. You can do this in a number of ways. The information is anonymous but you can add your name if you wish.

  • You can get a downloadable paper copy (word document) You can write or draw your answers on this
  • A downloadable pdf copy. You can write or draw your answers on this
  • An online survey. With an email to send a photograph to Lucy
  • Or a children’s worksheet for their ideas .

Once complete you can email back to Lucy, or alternatively post a paper copy through the letterbox on the smaller black door at Guiseley Theatre.   The survey needs to be in by 5th March 2021.

You can follow progress on the Friends of Springfield Park & Guiseley Wells Facebook Page

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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