We ask Quiet Garden Hosts to monitor numbers of visitors each year, and to invite visitors to complete a short survey. These are optional. They do, however, help us with developing the Quiet Garden Movement by providing helpful facts and figures about the benefits of Quiet Gardens; your assitance, therefore, is much appreciated.
Click here for the 2019 Summary of the Visitor Survey and Visitor Number Results
We encourage visitors to Quiet Gardens to complete a short survey. The responses help us measure the impact of offering Quiet Garden spaces, helping us improve and continue to offer these spaces for wellbeing and the inner journey. The data also helps provide essential information for fundraising applications and the future of the charity. All responses are dealt with anonymously. The survey includes some ‘wellbeing questions’ taken from the Office of National Statistics to allow for benchmarking.
We invite you to use the survey with your visitors in the most appropriate way for your setting. You might leave them out for people to complete or ask just a few people to complete it as part of an event. The survey is completely optional.
Completed forms can then be posted to us in one go (click here for our contact details).
Or you can direct visitors to complete the survey online at www.quietgarden.org/visitor/
Number of people spending time in your Quiet Garden
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. The responses helps us when reporting the wider impact of the Movement and Charity.
It is important to remember that each Quiet Garden is unique and is able to offer different types of quiet space – whether for individuals or groups, numbers will therefore vary.
Your response helps us to get an overall sense of the use of Quiet Gardens and is helpful when reporting to the Charity Commission and funders.
We recommend that you maintain a record of visitors to your Quiet Garden – as explained in the Information and Guidance for Hosts – which is important for a number of safety reasons, including safeguarding good practice. It doesn’t need to be formal though – it can just be a simple visitors book that people fill in with their name, date of visit and space for comments.
For public gardens it can be more difficult so here are a few ideas that might help assess visitor numbers – invite your visitors to:
- place a token into a pot as they arrive or leave – count at the end of the day, week or month – depending on how busy the footfall is
- place a ribbon on a prayer tree – these can be removed and counted at intervals in the year
- add a small pebble to a cairn on entering the garden or at a feature in the garden, for example at the centre of a labyrinth and count at intervals in the year.
If you decide to use one of the above and it works please let us know.
A sheet on which to record the number of visitors can be downloaded using the link below.
Even if you don’t routinely keep a record of visitors, an estimate is still useful (please just note you are giving an estimate). All data is used in an anonymised format.
You can let us know this information in whatever way is easiest for you – complete the form above, or you are welcome to email, phone, or post them to us (click here for our contact details).
Please give the following information for each event or open day:
- Date of Quiet Garden event
- Number of people
- Type of Quiet Day (eg informal silent day or themed retreat led by a speaker).
An example – 20 May, 6 people, Led Retreat
Reviews and Comments
It is encouraging to share comments from visitors to Quiet Gardens too, so if you have comments from those using the Quiet Garden which you (and they) would be happy to be made public anonymously we’d be glad to receive these too – or they can submitted, either by you the host or by the visitor, as a comment on your Quiet Garden webpage.
It is a great way for visitors to your garden to share a comment or review of their experience for others to see. Simply direct people to your Quiet Garden page on the website or send us any comments/reviews you’d like to appear on your page.