The Quiet Garden was initiated following a grant from Leeds Building Society. They had offered funding to parkrun organisers to develop their event and they very generously suggested it should go to Friends of Sandall Park.
There had been a death (natural causes) previously on parkrun, and two male suicides in the park so it seemed fitting to utilise the funds in setting up a Quiet Garden. It was named Quiet Garden to encourage people to sit awhile in quiet reflection in peaceful surroundings.
Kingthorne Group Practice signed up to parkrun, encouraging patients and staff to participate to improve their physical and mental health. They too made a donation towards the development of the garden.
Since then our volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform the previously neglected area into a place of serenity and beauty, also installing four new benches for people to rest.
A fan club based in America (but with members across the globe) follow Sandall Park on Twitter and decided they’d like to be a part of the campaign to improve the Quiet Garden and Mental Health Awareness, and so have donated 5 trees to go in the garden.
A new notice board will be updated regularly informing people of events, organisations and contact details for anyone interested in mental health issues.
Kingthorne Group Practice and DMBC Health Department are part of the partnership with FoSP in continuing to update and upgrade the Garden and it’s patronage.