please empty your brain below

I'm an introvert and on balance, I feel this is a good idea. Please remember to leave some benches with no lables so us innes can sit down in silence and not be tortured with the thought of having to "socialise".
Epsom Market Square has those as well. You can also sit and talk to a life size Emily Pankhurst if you like.
As an ambivert, I've had interesting chats with strangers in the public realm; but for each I've also encountered many 'people who like to endlessly talk about themselves', causing me to swiftly move on.
If they help lonely folk to find fleeting company, then it will have been worthwhile.
An alternative scheme would be for lonely individuals to wear a plastic sign around their neck so potential interactions wouldn't be limited to selected park benches. Available in several versions, including 'Please talk to me!' and 'Don't talk to me!' as well as 'Stop looking at me like that!' and other more robust options.
This bench is dedicated to the memory of Ethel Ramsbottom who preferred her own company and would wish for no one to sit here.
Those who do not wish to converse can sit in the middle of the seat thereby making the sign invisible ...
An admirable demonstration of how the same news item can be presented in totally different ways depending on the perspective of the writer/editor.
Whilst the first two write-ups take totally opposing views, the third provides a much more balanced and impartial view of the pros and cons of the initiative. This is probably what responsible journalists ought to be aiming to achieve - but often fail to do so.
This could be applied to dedicated carriages on the tube.
I like the idea. There is a bench seat in the inner suburb of Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia that says something like, 'Sit here if you want to hear some Port Melbourne history'. I guess you might get some old codger who worked on the wharfs tell you some history.
In Bond Street you get a bench pre-populated with Churchill and Roosevelt, but I fear the conversation might be a bit limited these days.
First Piece: How lovely, I thought.
Second Piece: I agree - how horrific, I thought.

Which is why it's good that I don't read certain newspapers!
There is one of these on the front at New Brighton. I was halfway to sitting on it when I spotted the sign and I managed to bounce back off it without ever touching it. Quite the manoeuvre. I picked another bench about eight hundred metres away to make it clear I did not want any kind of chat whatsoever.
While I enjoy a bit of brief small talk while sitting on benches, I usually only sit down because I want to eat something/have a drink/check a map/check my phone, so it's just a brief "pit stop" before I continue walking.

I'll be looking for the "brief small talk" bench LOL
Kev: There was a time (in the 70s?) the rear carridge of Picadilly line trains was women only.
Providing there is an equal number of benches which have notices forbidding anyone to join an existing occupant, and in equally pleasant locations, I see no problem with the idea.
II have heard it argued that the people who will gain the most benefit from some slight interaction with a stranger, are precisely those who believe that they do not want it.

However, I do not propose to put this proposition to the test.
The Piccadilly Line has never had women only rear carriage,

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