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Memorial Benches - Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy a bench through the Council that is located on the South West Coast Path?

No, the Council does not own this land. It is owned by South West Coast Path. You can contact them through their website.

Can the Council only put benches in villages and towns?

The Council can only install benches on land that it owns. If you would like to install a bench or plant a tree in a village, you could try speaking to the Parish Council in the first instance. You can find the contact details for your Parish Clerk here.

What are the benefits of installing a plastic bench?

The new plastic benches we supply are all fully recycled and recyclable when they reach the end of their life. They have also been awarded the 'BLUE ANGEL' eco-label.

We decided to switch to these particular benches as the material is preservative-free and weather, rot, oil, brine, acid and salt water-resistant. They are also splinter-free and have moisture repellent properties. This makes them much more durable and ideal for rural and coastal locations which will often be exposed to the elements.

Can I renew a bench that has been installed for over ten years, and how much will it cost?

At the end of the 10-year sponsorship, the Council will attempt to contact the seat donor and offer to extend the period if they wish to continue. The renewal cost will depend on the condition of the bench at that time. If the donor would like to sponsor a new bench for a full 10-year period again then the full cost applies.

How long is the extended period for?

This will be for three years and then reviewed every three years after.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please email

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