Memorial Trees and Benches
People often plant trees in woods, gardens and parks as long-lasting and vibrant memorials to celebrate and commemorate friends, relatives and loved ones.
With Salisbury fortunate enough to have so many parks and open spaces – with some fantastic views and scenery, many residents and visitors will have a favourite place in or around the city. As such, there are plenty of places in the city where memorial trees are welcome.
If you also know what sort of tree you hope to have planted then tell us this too and we’ll check that it’s suitable for the location you’ve identified.
If you’re not sure about the type of tree you might like, you may want to consider what sort of qualities you’d like in your tree – you might want a fruit-bearing tree, for example, or perhaps a tree that offers winter colour.
We can discuss what you’d like, helping to decide on the best planting locations as well as providing advice on the most suitable tree for a particular park or space.
How much will it cost?
The price of your tree will vary depending on the type and the size, but you could expect to pay between £50 and £100 for a suitably-sized tree.
Charges for commemorative trees will reflect the direct costs of the tree and its delivery. You will not be charged for the planting of the tree.
We will add a one-off £25.00 surcharge to the cost of your tree as a provision for the continuing and future management and maintenance of the tree.
Okay - where do I start with ordering a tree in that case?
Call us or send us an email. After we've agreed on where to plant your tree and what sort of tree to plant, we normally organise everything else.
Typically this means that we’ll source your tree, and arrange for its delivery. We do this in order to be satisfied about the quality of the tree to be planted.
Since we do this on your behalf, we will always obtain prices from at least three recognised nurseries to ensure that you get a good deal and a reasonable price.
We will always confirm the cost of your tree before we place an order; at your request we can also provide you with copies of the prices we were quoted.
We are happy to discuss planting trees that you have sourced directly, but we will want to be assured of the quality of the tree. In the event that you arrange and supply your tree in this way you will still be required to pay the £25.00 surcharge described above.
Weather-permitting, we try to plant memorial trees in November and the early part of December, in line with the tree-planting season.
We can often plant trees through into the early spring, depending on the weather and the ground conditions.
We normally plant the tree on your behalf – this ensures that we are happy with how the tree has been planted.
If you would like to be present when we plant the tree please let us know and we will try our best to arrange this.
We’re always hopeful that your planted tree will remain undisturbed to old age, but this cannot be guaranteed.
In the event that a memorial tree is damaged we will happily discuss replacing the tree, but this remains at our discretion.
Please note that Salisbury City Council will not accept responsibility or liability in respect of any damage to or loss of a memorial tree unless this is reasonably shown to be due to negligence of the Council.
If you notice any problems with your tree please contact us immediately, since it may be that you notice a problem before we do.
Dedication of a memorial tree does not give the donor any right to determine or influence its future management in any way, but....
....we are accepting responsibility for the care of your tree and we will do everything we can to ensure the proper maintenance and special care of your tree for many years.
We can arrange for a commemorative plaque to be placed next to your tree. The price of a plaque will vary depending on the materials used and the size of the plaque. Again, we would be happy to provide advice and to arrange for the plaque to be made.
Alternatively, we can help organise for a memorial bench (with or without a plaque) to be put in one of our parks or open spaces.