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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. 

The bench will be sited in the ancient heart of our community, at Guiseley Wells, and will be painted with an individual design telling the ‘Guiseley Story’ of this time.   Our artist will be Lucy Phillips of Codswallop CIC.


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 our artwork for this historic bench by telling us ‘your story’;  what the outdoors and the natural environment meant to you in this period, and what you experienced about the community coming together?

Fill out the online form below, or download the printable form or child friendly ideas sheet below!


Return completed forms and ideas sheets via the letterbox at Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Ls20 9BT 




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