Guide Memorial Tree, Bench or Plaque

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1. Donate a memorial bench and plaque


All sites are currently allocated. We're sorry but no further commissions can be taken at present, but you can still join a waiting list.

Please note, we can only place memorial seats on land owned by us and where there is an available space, for example parks, green spaces and esplanades. For seats in other villages and communities, please contact the appropriate town or parish council.

Leasing and seat options

Recycled plastic seats are long lasting and an excellent use of material which would otherwise end up as landfill.

The plaques used on recycled plastic seats is made from engraved stainless steel which suits the more modern style. Styles of seat vary depending on which location you choose with details on application.

We can offer a seat for a period of 10 years for a fee outlined below. This would either be on an exclusive basis or shared with up to 2 other family’s plaques. This includes the provision of a new seat if required, a plaque, transport and securing on site. 

Additional plaques (only on exclusive use benches), or replacement plaques will be charged per plaque.

 2024-2025 prices

  • New seat (including plaque and concrete base if required, exclusive use) costs £1260.00 for a period of 10 years.
  • New seat (including plaque and concrete base if required, shared with up to 2 other families) costs £550.00 for a period of 10 years.
  • Any additional or replacement plaques cost £90.00 (for the remainder of the period).

Requests for minor bench repairs or staining will be charged at £100.00 per bench. Plaque touch up will be charged at £20.00 per plaque.

Memorial plaques/seats requested for a cemetery will be subject to VAT.

Wooden Benches

The older wooden benches were placed before the start of our scheme and have no time limit on them, but if the bench is damaged beyond repair, the council will remove it and will inform the donor of this.  There is no right to a free replacement and we do not hold insurance cover for the damage, loss or destruction of benches.

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You will need to think about  where you would like the seat to be placed and the wording for the plaque. Please note, you are limited to 18 words (including dates).

A credit or debit card.

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of requesting a memorial bench. Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice.

We will let you know if there is an available space in your desired location.

Once we have received payment, it may take up to two months to install your bench. This is because of the length of time it takes once an order has been placed with the manufacturer and the engraving process for the plaque.