Sackville Gardens is situated in the heart of the Village, bounded by Manchester College's Shena Simon Campus on one side and Whitworth Street, Sackville Street and the Rochdale Canal and Canal Street on the others. It is laid out with walks, lawns, flower beds and trees with benches dotted around to relax. In the heart of the gardens, you will find the "Alan Turing" memorial statue with the father of modern computing depicting sitting on a bench along with fitting inscription with information on Alan Turing. Also on the fringe of the park overlooking the canal, is the "Beacon of Hope", the UK's only permanent memorial for people living with HIV or AIDS and lives lost to it. Once a year there is normally a candle lit vigil in connection with World Aids Day (1st December) but the vigil of recent years has taken place during Manchester Pride in late August. The Gardens also becomes the focal point of the annual "Sparkle" transgender celebration which is normally held on the first weekend of July.
The local LGBT Foundation have set up a "Friends of Sackville Gardens" group and for further information, please see: LGBT/Friends of Sackville Gardens