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Below you will find:

  • the latest messages and news for Quiet Garden Hosts,
  • information about your Quiet Garden details and membership of the Movement,
  • and important guidance information and resources.

News and Messages for Hosts

Host email update August 2021

It is wonderful so many of you have been able to open your gardens and enjoyed sharing a variety of quiet days with others. It is also so encouraging that folk are benefiting from the quiet days you generously host; it is so important that we keep the work of the Movement alive.

Although I closed a number of gardens last year (fewer this year), the very good news is that since the pandemic I have opened 18 new gardens with a further 10 since March. Please look out for our newest gardens in the next mailchimp news.

The Trustees are delighted that Gilly Morgan – host of Gilly’s Quiet Garden and Judy Greenfield ( who co-leads quiet days for Moray Cottage Quiet Garden) have joined our Board of Trustees. They bring with them skills and enthuisiasm that will support the Movement as we move forward.

Our 30th Anniversary Annual Gathering willl be held on Saturday 14th May 2022 at the Dell Prayer Centre, Ashtead, Surrey.  https://quietgarden.org/gardens/the-prayer-garden-at-the-dell-centre/ .

Our keynote speaker will be Brian Draper.  Brian spoke at our online gathering this year. Further details of how to book, travel, where to stay and the format of the day will be shared early in the new year. We are hoping to live stream the event for those who aren’t able to travel, and of course for our hosts abroad.

David Chantler, a former host, sent this last month.

In 1996 Dr. Barbie Clark started a Quiet Garden at her little house under the flight path to Heathrow in Windsor. She had a great friend Elizabeth, who was a Quaker, but also very disabled and bedridden. As her contribution to the meetings at Barbie’s, Elizabeth would paint a card – often on silk – with a message for reflection. When Barbie moved from Windsor in 2004, my wife became custodian of a number of these cards – 57 in total. Now Vonnie (my wife) has passed away I thought these cards ought to be enjoyed in some way through The Quiet Garden Trust. If you know of a fitting home or use for them please let me know.

David kindly posted the cards to me and we decided that a fitting home for them is with hosts to use as a resource. If you would like a few to share when you have a quiet day please email me. I attach a sample for you to peruse.

Our Quiet Garden Newsletter for Advent will be written during November and I  would love to receive contributions from hosts. If you feel you would like to make a contribution in the form of a reflection, or maybe a book review that you’d like to share can you please email me; 

The Newsletter will be distributed in the format of an e-newsletter.

Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed by sharing your experiences over the last few months. Please continue to send pictures, quotes, poetry, prayers, comments from your quiet days and videos for us to share, and finally a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your continued support for the work we do.

Please note that the office will be closed from 30th August to 12th September. 

Best wishes

Sarah

Host email update June 2021

We have been blessed with warmer and sunnier days mixed at the moment with showers and some cooler winds. The roses are in full bloom in our garden here in Hereford but only just.June has been busy for hosts as many gardens have started to re- open. We are so pleased to support hosts who are thinking of running Quiet Days – please let me know if and when you are considering opening your garden so that I can add your event to your webpage. Remember that we have resources to assist you with your re-opening here.

We enjoyed a simple Agape quiet evening with Kate and Judy who run  Moray Cottage Quiet Days.  Folk from Canada and Isreal joined us; it was such a treat to connect and have the opportunity to ‘share’. You can see the video of the evening here.

It has been a real pleasure, as well, to welcome 16 new hosts since the beginning of the year and many new friends too. Look out for more information about our newest gardens in the next Mailchimp update.

There are plans to work in partnership with A Rocha in the near future. A Rocha UK (ARUK) is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to equipping Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment. A Rocha would love to work alongside us by offering support to churches with quiet gardens. To find out more please visit their website here. here: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/ and let me know if you are interested.

The plans for our 30th Anniversary Annual Gathering are under way. We have a date in May 2022, a venue and a keynote speaker. More details about the gathering will be in my next update in late August, early September.

Please do remember to share with me your news and photos.

Wishing you well and with very best wishes.

Sarah

Sarah Jane Godson

Administrator and Supporter Relations

The Quiet Garden Trust, The Rectory, Dark Lane, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire. HR2 0EZ

Email: 

 

Web addresshttps://www.quietgarden.org

Join us at:  www.twitter.com/quietgardens | www.facebook.com/quietgardentrust

Registered Charity in the UK 1038528

My usual working days are Monday- Wednesday and Thursday mornings

Host email update June 2021

We have been blessed with warmer and sunnier days mixed at the moment with showers and some cooler winds. The roses are in full bloom in our garden here in Hereford but only just.June has been busy for hosts as many gardens have started to re- open. We are so pleased to support hosts who are thinking of running Quiet Days – please let me know if and when you are considering opening your garden so that I can add your event to your webpage. Remember that we have resources to assist you with your re-opening here.

We enjoyed a simple Agape quiet evening with Kate and Judy who run  Moray Cottage Quiet Days.  Folk from Canada and Isreal joined us; it was such a treat to connect and have the opportunity to ‘share’. You can see the video of the evening here.

It has been a real pleasure, as well, to welcome 16 new hosts since the beginning of the year and many new friends too. Look out for more information about our newest gardens in the next Mailchimp update.

There are plans to work in partnership with A Rocha in the near future. A Rocha UK (ARUK) is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to equipping Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment. A Rocha would love to work alongside us by offering support to churches with quiet gardens. To find out more please visit their website here. here: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/ and let me know if you are interested.

The plans for our 30th Anniversary Annual Gathering are under way. We have a date in May 2022, a venue and a keynote speaker. More details about the gathering will be in my next update in late August, early September.

Please do remember to share with me your news and photos.

Wishing you well and with very best wishes.

Sarah

Sarah Jane Godson

Administrator and Supporter Relations

The Quiet Garden Trust, The Rectory, Dark Lane, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire. HR2 0EZ

Email: 

 

Web addresshttps://www.quietgarden.org

Join us at:  www.twitter.com/quietgardens | www.facebook.com/quietgardentrust

Registered Charity in the UK 1038528

My usual working days are Monday- Wednesday and Thursday mornings

Dear Host

Every year we ask each Quiet Garden for an annual contribution towards the running of the Quiet Garden Trust and Movement, and our Affiliate and Associate schemes.

This year has been difficult for us; almost all gardens have been closed. Some folk have continued to hold Quiet Days via social media but this hasn’t been possible for all.

We are,however, still asking for a suggested contribution for Quiet Gardens;  for 2021/22 this remains at £40.00/ €60/ $100. It is helpful for our administration to receive these donations in early April if possible.

You can make a contribution as detailed here: 

UK

Faster payment  to  Lloyds Bank The Quiet Garden Trust

Account sort code: 30-94-28

Account number:    00458345

Reference – please add the name of your garden

OR by cheque made payable to The Quiet Garden Trust and posted to:

The Quiet Garden Trust

The Rectory, Dark Lane, Ewyas Harold. Hereford. HR2 0EZ

Reference – please add the name of your garden.

Europe and Rest of the World

Euro or Sterling cheque – Please make sure you include your Quiet Garden name with your euro cheque – made payable to The Quiet Garden Trust and posted to:

The Quiet Garden Trust,

The Rectory, Dark Lane,

 Ewyas Harold. HR2 0EZ. England

Bank Transfer

Bank name:  Lloyds TSB       Account name: The Quiet Garden Trust

Sort code: 30 94 28   Account number: 00458345

BIC: LOYDGB21010

IBAN: GB87 LOYD 3094 2800 4583 45

If using electronic bank transfer please add a short form of your name or Quiet Garden name 

If you would like a receipt for your donation please do let us know.

If you have already made a contribution this year or have recently set up a standing order with us please disregard this message – thank you.

With thanks and best wishes

Sarah

Sarah Jane Godson

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Dear Host

Every year we ask each Quiet Garden for an annual contribution towards the running of the Quiet Garden Trust and Movement, and our Affiliate and Associate schemes.

This year has been difficult for us; almost all gardens have been closed. Some folk have continued to hold Quiet Days via social media but this hasn’t been possible for all.

We are,however, still asking for a suggested contribution for Quiet Gardens;  for 2021/22 this remains at £40.00/ €60/ $100. It is helpful for our administration to receive these donations in early April if possible.

You can make a contribution as detailed here: 

UK

Faster payment  to  Lloyds Bank The Quiet Garden Trust

Account sort code: 30-94-28

Account number:    00458345

Reference – please add the name of your garden

OR by cheque made payable to The Quiet Garden Trust and posted to:

The Quiet Garden Trust

The Rectory, Dark Lane, Ewyas Harold. Hereford. HR2 0EZ

Reference – please add the name of your garden.

Europe and Rest of the World

Euro or Sterling cheque – Please make sure you include your Quiet Garden name with your euro cheque – made payable to The Quiet Garden Trust and posted to:

The Quiet Garden Trust,

The Rectory, Dark Lane,

 Ewyas Harold. HR2 0EZ. England

Bank Transfer

Bank name:  Lloyds TSB       Account name: The Quiet Garden Trust

Sort code: 30 94 28   Account number: 00458345

BIC: LOYDGB21010

IBAN: GB87 LOYD 3094 2800 4583 45

If using electronic bank transfer please add a short form of your name or Quiet Garden name 

If you would like a receipt for your donation please do let us know.

If you have already made a contribution this year or have recently set up a standing order with us please disregard this message – thank you.

With thanks and best wishes

Sarah

Sarah Jane Godson

The time has come around again already  when we ask  Hosts to check the details for their Quiet Garden and to let us know of any changes that need to be made to the details we hold.

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Below are the public and private details we hold for your garden – please check both of these and let us know if changes are needed by simply sending us an email or using the form on the Hosts Admin Hub > Amend Details.

Public details –  the public details for your Quiet Garden can be found on the following webpage – this is the dedicated webpage for your Quiet Garden, where the public will find contact details, as well as a description of your space and what you offer to visitors and how you open. We can also include whether you have a labyrinth or offer accommodation, as well as a map indicating where you are, and up to 5 landscape photographs:


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If any of the above needs updating please just let us know by email or follow the instructions on the Hosts Admin Hub > Amend Details.

  1. Your events in 2021

In the current situation we find ourselves in this may sound a bit of an odd request, but some folk are engaging with others via social media. If you are running quiet days or retreats on line and would like to share the details please let me know.

If you would like details of your Quiet Garden programme and events included in the Events Calendar on the website, please do send us details by email or follow the instructions on the Hosts Admin Hub > Add Events.

  1. Upcoming on line event for Hosts.

We are organising a free online (zoom) event for Hosts on Friday 12th February at 7pm (BST). Host,Gilly Morgan( Gilly’s Quiet Garden) will  talk about her own Quiet Garden journey  – ‘Tending the Blue Iris’. Participant numbers are limited, so if you are interested in joining us please register here by Friday 5th February.  You do not require a zoom account in order to access the event.

If this is a success we will hold our Annual Gathering via Zoom on Saturday 8th May. Further details to follow, but please save the date.

Finally, a reminder that you can find links to all the Quiet Garden Host resources on the regularly updated Hosts Admin Hub – including the logo, health and safety advice etc.

We will be in touch again in March, and in the meantime look forward to hearing from you with any changes to your Quiet Garden details and plans you have for opening in 2021 (with hope).

With best wishes

Sarah

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Building Communities (post COVID 19)

We have a number of Associate and Affiliate Quiet Gardens within the Movement with a specific and intentional community focus. Every Quiet Garden, whilst of course unique, is networked through common strands of welcome, hospitality, spiritual nourishment and unconditional openness (roots that connect and succour). These features are, perhaps unsurprisingly, catalysts for building community, more so now than at any time in the past.

There is something inviting, levelling, natural and nurturing, about a garden; whether a visitor for a peaceful moment or a volunteer giving time over and again to upkeep, sharing organically in the nature of a cared for space, allows individuals to flourish with shared focus and collective effort.

We would like to think more deeply about how our networked gardens can play an important role in helping to build ‘community’. We are seeking, therefore, to gather a variety of examples of Quiet Gardens and their hosts that encourage and nurture community as part of their particular nature.

Is/was your Quiet Garden a catalyst for community? Has it helped ‘community’ form? How has it nurtured that ‘community’? If you have an example to share please reply by email.

Host Questionaire

At this time of year we usually ask you for visitor numbers – for obvious reasons this isnt reelvant for 2020. We do, however, have a series of questions about the Movement for you to consider. The link is here. Thanking you in advance. Please email your completed questionnaires to .

Affiliate Individuals

The affiliate Quiet Garden scheme has until now been open to those that have a garden they would like to open to the public as a quiet space. We have opened the affiliate scheme up for individuals who lead and organise retreats and quiet days in the outdoors.

Affiliated individuals may organise and lead retreats and quiet days for people primarily in the outdoors, but not necessarily in the same place each time. They may have access to a garden, a nature reserve or other outdoor space to lead events focussed on contemplation and reflection, but they may be different locations and are not necessarily designated ‘quiet gardens’.

We hope this change will allow more people creating space in the outdoors for quiet and contemplation to share what they are doing as part of the Quiet Garden Movement. If you know someone that might be interested or want to know more visit here.

News to share

We will be starting to work on the next edition of the ‘Pause’ newsletter in February; if you have news to share, reports on events you have run, books to review or can contribute an article please do let us know by the end of January. Photos of your display boards will be welcome too.Simply send us an email or call the office and we will let you know what we need.

Trustee vacancy

Have you got a passion for Quiet Gardens and our values, and time to help lead and guide the Movement and charity? Might you know someone that might be interested?

There are opportunities for people who are committed to the vision and values of Quiet Gardens to join the board of Trustees of The Quiet Garden Trust and become involved in guiding the charity into its next 25 years. We are looking in particular for an individual  with experience in charity law,  marketing and fundraising.

Trustees meet at least twice a year through a combination of physical meetings (usually in London or Birmingham) and tele-conference ‘virtual’ meetings, and work with fellow trustees, volunteers and staff on a project group basis as well. Trustees oversee, lead and guide the Quiet Garden Trust, ensuring that the Movement grows and stays fresh for the future.

Time commitment is negotiable but ideally trustees will give at least one or two days per month, including participating in trustees meeting.

Personal Qualities for all Trustees or Advisors for The Quiet Garden Trust include:

  • A commitment to vision and values of The Quiet Garden Trust – see About us and Strategy Summary
  • A practising Christian, who is open-hearted and able to work ecumenically
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee or expert advisor
  • Strategic vision
  • Ability to make considered decisions or arrive at sensible conclusions
  • Ability to think creatively
  • The courage and willingness to speak their mind
  • Ability to work as effective team member
  • Adherence to the Nolan Committee 7 principles of public life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, Leadership

Some of the benefits we can offer you:
Volunteering with us will give you the opportunity to learn new skills or to use your existing skills and expertise in a new context. You will meet new people and be working with a small team. Because
we are a small organisation volunteers work directly with our core team of staff and trustees and have the chance to make a real difference.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Trustees or Advisor please contact us to express an interest and share details of your interest and experience. 

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2021

With best wishes

Sarah

The latest edition of Pause, the newsletter from the Quiet Garden Movement, is now available as an e version. In this edition, enjoy a contributions from hosts, friends and guest writers.

We have experienced many changes within the Movement since our last Newsletter – gardens have closed and others opened; we have said goodbye to some and welcomed others.
A majority of gardens have remained closed this year; we were unable to organise our regional gatherings nor meet in person; but we have remained connected through other ways  offering resources on line and Quiet Days via zoom and of course we still have the freedom to connect with nature.
Brian Draper and Howard Green in their book Soulful Nature write of the eternal now – ‘ when we find ourselves somewhere that is essentially timeless save for the seasonal adjustments in the foliage a Pure Presence. And once we become attuned to it, it’s possible to bring it within the most fleeting of contexts.’  Be it within the bounds of a garden or the remoteness of the countryside spending time surrounded by nature in all its glory inspires and invigorates, nourishes and sustains. Being in nature – finding a space in the outdoors to pray, and reflect, nourishes not only our souls but our mental and physical well being. Those who manage the Trust accept, that in the coming months change will be an integral part of the survival of the Movement. Our future is going to be financially challenging and we will be looking at new ways of engaging others. In this edition it is a delight to share contributions from hosts, friends and guest writers.

Autumn has arrived here in the UK. Cooler mornings and evenings, shorter days, but so many vibrant colours to enjoy and the final fruits of the garden to cultivate and preserve.

A message from Kate Lawson – Chair of Trustees

What a very strange and difficult year it has been so far for the Quiet Garden Movement. I had the great privilege of becoming chair of trustees last November at our meeting in Birmingham, when we took Sue out for tea to thank her for all her hard work as chair over many years.

We had our next meeting planned for March in Worcester at the lovely home and garden of Jill Smith, but unfortunately that coincided with lockdown and we have been meeting on Zoom ever since.

The saddest outcome of this terrible virus for the Quiet Garden Movement has meant the Trust has been faced with very difficult decisions. As you are aware the Trust was already in a difficult financial situation; this did not improve, as we had  hoped. Our funding applications were not successful and subscriptions from hosts have reduced because Quiet Gardens have not been able to open.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support and encouragement;  Quiet Gardens and all they can offer are so important at this time, because ‘time out’ and space ‘just to be’, mini retreats in natural surroundings are so needed at the moment. Thank you to  those hosts who have managed to open again, and those like me who have been running Virtual Quiet Gardens.

Our most difficult decision was first to put the project manager post on furlough and then to make the post redundant. I am sure you understand we had to do what is most beneficial for the future of the Quiet Garden Movement.

I  would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt, on behalf of us all, for his hard work over the past six years, and especially for bringing the Quiet Garden Movement and its website into the 21st century.

Matt’s last day as project manager is today 28th September, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. A lovely photo of Matt with his leaving present can be found on the website. https://quietgarden.org/news/

Praying you all keep well and safe over the coming weeks and months and that we can open our gardens in the very near future.

Love and blessings Kate

Matt says…..

“Thank you to all Quiet Gardens hosts who I have had the pleasure of being in touch with over the past six years. I wish you all the very best as you explore reopening your gardens, perhaps in new ways, in the months ahead. Quiet Gardens have much to offer the world, particularly at this time, and I hope that they will continue to be a source of refreshment and peace to those that visit them, as well as to those that provide them.” 

New resources 

As you look to reopen your Quiet Garden we have  been adding to our resources to help you. We have produced new guides to ‘silence and stillness’ and ‘mobile phones and contemplation’ – written for you to share with your visitors as your Quiet Garden re-opens or online. They are shared as both an online article and as a PDF for you to easily print yourselves to share and make available in your Quiet Garden. Other resources include posters and bunting that we’ve mentioned previously, plus the Learning to be Still resource from our archives.

All the resources are available via the Hosts Admin Hub at https://quietgarden.org/hosts-admin/covid-19-updates/

Welcome Display Board for your Quiet Garden

We have also produced a new display board to welcome people to a Quiet Garden. The board introduces people to the Quiet Garden Movement, connecting your garden and visitors to the wider Movement. It also has a simple contemplative exercise for visitors to use and provides links to further resources on our website, as well as invites people to complete a visitor survey.

Web links are provided by QR codes for visitors to scan with their mobile phone to quickly open and save the links – and a quote from Mark 6:31 and former Patron Margaret Silf complete the messaging. We think it’ll be a welcome addition to any Quiet Garden!

The board is available to order for £40, including delivery to the UK (for delivery outside the UK please contact us to confirm the delivery charge), and will be delivered as soon as we have our minimum quantity to do an order with the printer.

Please have a look and consider putting in an order as soon as possible – full details and photos, along with the order form is on the Hosts Admin Hub at https://quietgarden.org/hosts-admin/display-board/

 New Leaflets

If you know anyone that might like to join our ‘Friends Scheme’ we have a new webpage and leaflet introducing this, so please do direct people https://quietgarden.org/friends or print a leaflet to give to them. We also have a new leaflet and webpage about leaving a legacy too – https://quietgarden.org/join/legacy/

 Next Newsletter

Our Quiet Garden Newsletter will be written during November and we would love to receive contributions from hosts. If you feel you would like to make a contribution in the form of a reflection, or maybe a book review that you’d like to share can you please email;

The theme for our Advent Newsletter will be Encountering Inclusivity and will be distributed in the format of an e-newsletter.

With warm wishes

Sarah

The good news to share is that some gardens have re-opened and folk are now having the opportunity to visit and spend some quiet time outdoors.

The website https://quietgarden.org/hosts-admin/ has a variety of resources that will support you if you are thinking of hosting a Quiet Day.  Here you can download the ‘we are open’ poster and ‘re-opening resources‘. The page will be updated in the coming weeks as more recources are added.

If you are conducting out door Quiet Days please keep in touch with us so that we can assist with advertising on the website, facebook, twitter and instagram. Feedback from these days would be useful to have too, if you are willing to share.

I was contacted by Margaret who lives in New Zealand who writes:

 From NZ I bring you greetings and say how nice it is to receive your regular newsletters.

I had planned for a months’ sabbatical in the UK during May, but that had to be cancelled.
I am now looking at options for 2021 and would be please to hear from any quiet garden owners who would be prepared to host me, so I could visit around the UK, and experience a different type of spirituality.
Go well, and keep safe.
Kia ora good health ( greetings)
Margaret Birtles.

If you are a host in the UK and would like to touch base with Margaret please email me and I will put you in touch with her.

Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed by sharing your experiences over the last few months. Please continue to send pictures, quotes, poetry, prayers and videos for us to share.

Our Quiet Garden Newsletter will be written during November and we would love to receive contributions from hosts. If you feel you would like to make a contribtion in the form of a reflection, or maybe a book review that you’d like to share can you please email;

The theme for our Advent Newsletter will be Encountering Inclusivity and will be distributed in the format of an e-newsletter.

Dear Host

We are keeping you up to date with the most recent advice, and will continue to do so.

If you are considering re-opening your garden now – please do keep in touch with us so that we can assist by letting others know of your plans. Remember please only do this if you think it is safe to do so.

We have produced some advice for reopening, which can be found at https://quietgarden.org/hosts-admin/covid-19-updates/.

Here you can download the ‘we are open’ poster can be displayed when your garden re-opens. It contains a QR code linking to our website, a template containing advice for hosts and one containing advice for visitors. We will also update the page with some further ‘re-opening resources‘ in the coming weeks.

It is important for us to continue to raise our awareness so any pictures, quotes, poetry, prayers about how you have withstood the past months will be very gratefully received.

With warm wishes

Sarah

Firstly a message from our Chair of Trustees – Revd Kate Lawson:

Dear Garden Hosts

It is with sadness to inform you, that as a board of trustees, we have had to come to the very difficult decision, to make the post of Project Manager redundant. This is entirely due to financial reasons, made much worse by the Covid lockdown, closing Quiet Gardens.

Matt has been with us for six years, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work, and especially for bringing the Quiet Garden Movement and its website into the 21st century. 

He is back with us today, having been furloughed for two months, and is with us until the end of September. 

Many Blessings at this difficult time

Kate 

We hope that you are keeping safe and well. The email that was intended for June was not sent (my error) so sincere apologies for that; we haven’t forgotten you. Some of you will be thinking about re-opening your gardens; in particular those of you who Host gardens in public spaces.  Matt is busy creating some resources in readiness for Gardens to open; we  pray, that by October, we can celebrate together,   the re-opening of our Quiet Gardens across the world

If you are considering re-opening your garden now – please do keep in touch with us so that we can assist by letting others know of your plans. Remember please only do this if you think it is safe to do so. Please click on the link for advice.

https://quietgarden.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Advice-for-

It’s vital we tune in to the latest facts and use these to guide us towards the wisest and kindest actions. It is very clear that how effectively a society responds makes a big difference. We have enjoyed sharing some Virtual Quiet Days with hosts and thank you fo keeping in touch with your news and pictures.

We have also created a we are open poster. We encourage you to display this when your garden re-opens. It contains a QR code linking to our website.

https://quietgarden.org/2020/poster-for-hosts-wishing-to-re-open/

It is important for us to continue to raise our awareness so any pictures, quotes, poetry, prayers about how you have withstood the past months will be very gratefully received.

With warm wishes

Sarah

1. Covid-19 and sharing Quiet Gardens

Wherever you are in the world you will be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and will be altering your Quiet Garden access and events appropriately following your national government advice. In the UK, and much of Europe, we are currently in a lockdown requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

Some Quiet Gardens in public spaces will still be accessible for a very limited number of people taking their one form of exercise a day, but the vast majority of Quiet Gardens will not be accessible at this time. We have added site wide messages on our website explaining this, which should minimise the need for you to update the details for your Quiet Garden page.

2. Our collective creative response

At this difficult time when anxiety levels are high we have been exploring ways in which the Quiet Garden Movement can respond, and share our collective resources of resilience and hope.

We believe sharing something of our Quiet Gardens online at this time will be beneficial for our collective wellbeing and the future of the Movement. It may be a prayer or poem you have written along with a photograph. It could be a short video of your garden space and soundscape, or an audio reflection you’d like to share from your garden. 

We are inviting all Quiet Garden hosts to contribute in this way. 

We know that there are lots of creative responses online at the moment, and we are happy to share some content that you have found helpful from elsewhere, but ideally we are asking you to send original content that is supportive, hope filled, and shares something of your Quiet Garden.

Please send them to us in the coming days and weeks, and we will share them far and wide via our email list and social media channels.

Simply email them to us () or share them directly with us through our social media channels:

Facebook: @quietgardens / https://www.facebook.com/quietgardens

Twitter: @quietgardens / https://twitter.com/quietgardens

Instagram: @quietgardentrust / https://www.instagram.com/quietgardentrust/

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3. Supporting one another

We want the Quiet Garden community to support one another where we can, and already have the Hosts Group on Facebook to help with this – join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QGHosts/

If you have other ideas or suggestions for ways you’d like to connect with Hosts or the Movement more widely at this time please do let us know and we will set things up where we can.

4. The future

It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic is going to keep changing our world for some time to come. The timeframe and knock-on impacts are hard to predict at the moment – with the only certainty being that the world will look different in the future.

As you know the Quiet Garden Trust was already struggling financially, and we know having so many Quiet Gardens closed at a time when the majority have most of their visitors will not help this. In the next couple of weeks we will be asking for annual donations from Quiet Gardens – and while we know this is an uncertain time, we hope you will understand the need for us to continue to do that in the normal way, and help see us through to better times.

The Quiet Garden Trust office is continuing to run, with Matt and Sarah both working from home. The trustees met last week virtually and decided to postpone the production of our next Pause newsletter, but instead enable virtual sharing from our Quiet Gardens as explained above.

Please do stay in touch, continue doing what you need to do to keep yourselves and those near you safe, and we look forward to sharing our Quiet Gardens in new ways online over the coming days and weeks.

1. Coronavirus –  Advice for Hosts and Visitors

As you will be aware the situation with COVID-19 is presenting big challenges for people all over the world – and will effect how you open your Quiet Garden. We have written some advice for Quiet Gardens on COVID-19, otherwise known as Cronoavirus – COVID-19-Advice-for-Hosts PDF. At this difficult time, we can each play a vital role in helping to reduce the impact and look after ourselves and each other. It’s vital we tune in to the facts and use these to guide us towards the wisest and kindest actions. It is very clear that how effectively a society responds makes a big difference.

Whilst you may decide to cancel events in your Quiet Garden, access to Quiet Gardens will continue to be important for peace, and well-being. You may, therefore, wish to consider making you garden accessible in different ways, for example for individuals to drop in.

Whilst there are going to be many challenges in the months to come, there will also be many opportunities to support others and consider running your Quiet Garden differently. We hope the advice is helpful, and encourage you to keep up-to-date on advice from the government and take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your visitors safe.

COVID-19-Advice-for-Hosts PDF

2. Annual Day – 21 June 2020

Also as you may have noticed we got the date wrong in the last email reminding you about the Quiet Garden Annual Day – this year it is on Sunday 21 June 2020. We encourage you to mark it in some way and use it to raise awareness of your Quiet Garden locally and the wider Movement.

It was great to hear Quiet Gardens mentioned in BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship on 1st March when they marked St David’s Day in a meditative reflection on the theme of Light and Energy, with Beryl Edwards sharing from the Quiet Garden she hosts at Eglwys St Michael Llanfihangel Rhos-Y-Corn in Wales.

“This is our quiet garden, part of the quiet garden movement. It’s set in a hollow beside the church where people have gathered together in prayer over the centuries. The garden is a place of contemplation, and as we walk the labyrinth, even as the wind blows, we are invited to return to the still point at the centre of our being.

God of creation, we pray that your light would illuminate our minds. God of love, we pray that your joy would lift our hearts. God of mercy, we pray that your care would inspire our actions.”

Listen in full and read the transcript

Visitor surveys and numbers

We encourage Quiet Garden Hosts to keep a record of the number of visitors to their space and to encourage visitors to complete a short survey about their visit. The reason for asking for both of these is to help us make informed decisions and improvements and to plan for the future of the Movement.

Following our request in December for your numbers we have now collated the data you shared. A summary of the 2019 results, as well as recently updated advice on how to record visitor numbers, can be found here – please do take time to have a look. We hope that it will encourage you to collect this information this coming year, and to share the visitor survey with those that use your space.

Regional Gatherings 

You may remember that we are not holding an Annual Gathering this year, but instead encouraging Quiet Garden Hosts to organise a get together through regional gatherings. In the UK we currently know of plans to hold one near Brighton (date yet to be confirmed), and in Edinburgh on 3rd October.

If you are willing to help organise a regional gathering in your area please do let us know. 

Also as you plan your year, a reminder that the Quiet Garden Annual Day this year is on Sunday 21 June 2020. We encourage you to mark it in some way and use it to raise awareness of your Quiet Garden locally and the wider Movement.

Free Trees?

Could your Quiet Garden space or local community spaces you are connected with benefit from free trees to plant? The Woodland Trust in the UK offer free tree packs to schools and communities on land that is publicly accessible. Even if your land is not eligible for the free scheme, you can buy tree packs, or take advantage of subsidised tree packs. Find out more

Your news…

If you have news from your Quiet Garden to share, resource suggestions and book reviews, please do let us know so we can include it in the next newsletter or on the website. We always welcome sharing news and updates about your events, experiences and resources you’ve found helpful.

Finally, a reminder that you can find links to all the Quiet Garden Host resources on the regularly updated Hosts Admin Hub – which includes safeguarding, insurance, health and safety advice that all Quiet Garden Hosts should check and consider at least annually.

  1. Details for your Quiet Garden

The public details for your Quiet Garden can be found by searching for your garden here – this is the dedicated webpage for your Quiet Garden, where the public will find contact details, as well as a description of your space and what you offer to visitors and how you open. It can also include whether you have a labyrinth or offer accommodation, as well as a map indicating where you are, and up to 5 landscape photographs. Please take a moment to visit your webpage and check the details are still correct.

We also hold contact details specifically for you as a host on our private secure database, which we use to contact you, primarily by email a few times a year with specific news for hosts, and by post twice a year with our newsletter. If your postal address, email or telephone number change please do let us know.

If any of the above needs updating at any point in the year you can let us know or follow the instructions on the Hosts Admin Hub > Amend Details.

  1. Your events in 2020

If you would like details of your Quiet Garden programme and events included in the Events Calendar on the website, please send us details by &su=Add%20QG%20Events">email at anytime or follow the instructions on the Hosts Admin Hub > Add Events.

Other news

Local Funding

The Postcode Local Trust provides project based funding in the UK for local projects working on the themes of, “Improving biodiversity & green spaces, Increasing community access to outdoor space and Combatting climate change & promoting sustainability”. We understand some won’t want to apply for lottery generated funding but others will be happy to apply. If you have a local Quiet Garden project you’d like to apply for funding their next deadline for applications is 10th March – further details at: postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

Psalm 23 Garden

We thought you’d be interested to know that the Bible Society are launching a ‘Psalm 23 Garden’ at this years Chelsea Flower Show, with the aim of inspiring communities, churches and schools to create their own Psalm 23-based gardens…. Continue reading. For more details visit psalm23garden.co.uk.

BBC visit Reflections Quiet Garden, Staffordshire

Last year the BBC1 series “Walks of Life” visited the Reflections Quiet Garden in Staffordshire as part of an episode following the “The Two Saints Way” pilgrimage route. The garden is designed as a sequence of 5 small gardens themed on the spiritual journey and environmental care. Watch it on our website.

Display Board Project
We are currently looking at developing new display boards for permanent and temporary use in Quiet Gardens. These display boards would primarily be aimed at those Quiet Gardens in public spaces that want to invite people to use the space and equip them with prayer and meditation practices to use in the Quiet Garden.

The display boards will enable Quiet Gardens to provide a welcoming and supportive resource to visitors. They will also point to the wider welcome of the local community running the Quiet Garden, as well as support services and the wider Quiet Garden Movement. The boards will include a prayer practice and simple prayer for people to use themselves, as well as links to audio practices and prayers that people can access via a mobile phone.

We are applying for funding to help with the development of these boards, and it would be very helpful to know if your Quiet Garden would be interested in installing one? We do not yet know about costs, but it would be envisaged that installation costs would be covered locally and that we may be able to access some funding towards the production costs of the boards. Expressing an interest now would help us estimate numbers and potential impact, which will be crucial in funding bids towards the project.

Please indicate your interest by contacting us with the name of your Quiet Garden. Your response would not commit you but will guide us in planning and funding raising.

Number of people spending time in your Quiet Garden
As we come to the end of the year, we’d be grateful for your estimates of the number of visits to your Quiet Garden, where possible. We appreciate that the estimate may be very approximate or not possible for all Quiet Gardens, such as those with 24 hour open access. By asking for these numbers we are not, of course, implying that more is better! Each Quiet Garden is unique and offers different types of quiet space which is valued by individuals or groups. Your estimate of numbers provides a rough indication of the use of Quiet Gardens which is helpful in reporting to the Charity Commission and possible funders.

If you can please do let Sarah know how many people came to your Quiet Garden each time it was open in 2019? Simply email Sarah at or for further details and help visit the Hosts Admin Hub at www.quietgarden.org/hosts-admin/visitor-numbers/.

Update to Trustees
We are delighted that at our recent Trustees Meeting it was agreed to welcome Jacqueline Fudge (Host of The Quiet Garden at Clearwell) and Patrick Swan (Garden Designer and long term supporter of Quiet Gardens) to join the Board as Trustees. Details of all our current Trustees can be found at: https://quietgarden.org/about/people/

Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Information and Guidance for re-opening Quiet Gardens

When you are ready to consider reopening your Quiet Garden we have advice and resources  for you and your visitors. We will update this page regularly with further ‘re-opening resources‘ and advice as it changes. 

Go to Covid-19 Reopening Updates

Your Quiet Garden Details and Membership

Find your Quiet Garden page

Each Quiet Garden has its own page on our website, with details of your garden, photos, a map and contact details. Any events you register with us will also appear on the page. When we contact you we’ll provide a link to the page – and you can find your Quiet Garden page by using the location or name / keyword search facilities.

Go to Find Gardens

Amending details on your Quiet Garden page

Once a year we ask you to check the details on your Quiet Garden page – you can notify us of changes you want to be made at any time.

Go to Amend Details

Numbers of people using Quiet Gardens

Towards the end of each year we contact Quiet Garden Hosts for an indication of the number of people that have spent time in their Quiet Garden that year. This can be an estimate and helps us in reporting the wider impact of the Movement and Charity.

Go to Quiet Garden User Numbers

Submit an event

If you hold regular or one-off events in your Quiet Garden you can add them to the Events Calendar on this website.

Go to Submit Event

Annual Quiet Garden Donation

Every year we ask Quiet Garden Hosts for an annual donation towards the costs of running the Affiliate and Associate Quiet Garden schemes. Find out more about this request and how and when to make a donation.

Go to Annual Quiet Garden Donation

Host Questionnaire

Please click on the link here to access our questionnaire. Your thoughts about how we manage and support the Movement are valuable so if you can spare the time – please email your responses to

Resources and Guidance for Hosts

Information and Guidance for Quiet Garden Hosts

Each Quiet Garden is unique and responds to local needs and circumstances, and the different types of garden open in different ways, however, when it comes to safety, insurance, safeguarding and data privacy there are some important issues to be aware of and consider.

Go to Information and Guidance

Resources for your Quiet Garden

Welcome Display Board for your Quiet Garden

A display board to welcome visitors, share a simple contemplative exercise  and put your garden in the context of the wider network of the Quiet Garden Movement.  Available to order from the Quiet Gardens office and delivered to your door.

Go to Display Board

Welcome Pack for Quiet Garden Hosts

Links to the latest versions of all the contents of the Welcome Pack which is sent to every Quiet Garden Host when they first join.

Go to Welcome Pack

Quiet Garden logo

Versions of the Quiet Garden logo that you may find helpful to use in any publicity about your Quiet Garden.

Go to Quiet Garden Logo

Further Resources

Further resources for Hosts are also available from the general Resources Section of the website.

Go to Resources Section

Quiet25 Leader’s Guide and Course on Silence

Designed to help hosts run a course, or as the basis for a one-day course, or individual workshops. Copy included in the Welcome Pack.

Go to Quiet25 Leader’s Guide and Course 

Quiet Garden Leaflet

Copies of the general Quiet Garden Leaflet, which you can add your own details to, can be ordered from us at anytime.

Go to Quiet Garden Leaflet

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions or comments not covered above please contact us.

Go to Contact Us

“Thank you for being a host. This role, as you will know, calls for an expression of warm hospitality, a quiet prayerfulness, a love of God and a love of neighbour. It is a fruit-bearing ministry in so many ways.

Peoples’ lives and faith journeys are often touched, deepened and restored by the welcome and resourcing provided by you, and by members of your co-ordinating or planning group. Your home and garden are precious to you and offer a sanctuary space to others who, regularly or occasionally, join you in your Quiet Garden. Thank you…”

Philip Roderick – Founder – Quiet Garden Movement

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