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Memorial Tree and Bench Scheme

Memorial Benches

Memorial benches can be placed in many South Hams parks and open spaces, to commemorate and remember the life of a loved one. There are a number of sites available.

South Hams Council offer a 10-year sponsorship scheme. This includes installing a new plastic bench, a commemorative plaque and a 10-year maintenance scheme. The charge is £1,680  (including VAT).

Please note that the maximum number of characters for the plaque is 70.

For more information about the scheme, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

The cost to fit a plaque onto an existing bench and sponsor for 10 years is £672.00 (incl. VAT).

Apply for a Memorial Bench

We are no longer able to offer additional memorial benches along Dartmouth embankment, and will only fit new benches when an old one needs replacing. If you wish, we can place your details on a waiting list and notify you when a space becomes available. Please Contact our Assets Team.

If you want to register an interest in having a new or sponsored bench in Dartmouth (Royal Avenue Gardens or Coronation Park) please contact Dartmouth Town Council.

  • Tel: 01803 832281,
  • Email:

Vandalism and Damage

If the bench is damaged beyond repair, the Council will remove it and will inform you of this.  We will look to offer a replacement, but this will be at the standard charge applicable at the time.

There is no right to a free replacement if your bench is damaged beyond repair. The Council does not hold insurance cover for the damage, loss or destruction of benches.

Memorial Trees

Commemorative or dedicated trees can be placed in many of the South Hams Council owned parks and green spaces to commemorate a loved one or special occasion. There may be an opportunity to hold a memorial planting ceremony if you wish.

The type of tree and planting location requires the agreement of the Assets Team, in order to ensure that proposals meet with the Council's own management and maintenance plans.

The cost is £400 (inc. VAT), which covers the purchase of the tree, stake and other planting accessories. The price also includes a plaque, and follow-up maintenance, although not a replacement should the tree fail in any way.

We are no longer able to offer a memorial tree scheme along Kingsbridge Embankment.

Please note that the maximum number of characters for the plaque is 70.

Apply for a Memorial Tree

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