When you lose a loved one, it’s normal to feel as though you would like to pay tribute to their memory in one way or another.
Placing a memorial bench in a public place has become a popular way to commemorate the death of a loved one. Having a place where loved ones from different walks of life can visit freely to gather and reflect is a beautiful way of keeping the memory of the person you cherish alive.
If you are deliberating on how to go about getting a memorial bench for your loved one in a public area, you may be unsure of where to start, who to contact, or where you can even place a memorial bench.
Cotswold Teak is here to help. Read on to find out how you can put a memorial bench in a public place...
What is the purpose of a memorial bench?
Memorial benches are usually places to provide a space where anyone who wishes to, can commemorate a loved one who has passed away. Most people like to have a memorial bench that they can visit as frequently as they like so that they can pay their respects and quietly reflect on fond memories once shared.
They offer a space where people can visit freely, as opposed to placing a memorial bench in a private area. This is because there may be restrictions on visitations. Some people may appreciate having a place to visit that isn’t in a cemetery setting, as this may be too difficult for them personally. Others prefer to have a place to visit that’s more local to the community.
Memorial benches tend to come in three different sizes, which are two-seater benches, three-seater benches, and also four-seater benches. Most will also have a plaque attached to the memorial bench so that they can personalise it, often with a personal message. This is of course optional.
Having a memorial bench in place for a loved one is a heartfelt reminder that your loved ones may be gone, but they are never forgotten.
Do I need planning permission to put a memorial bench in a public place?
Rules and regulations regarding memorial bench placements can vary significantly depending on the area and local council - but the answer is mostly, yes.
There are a couple of avenues you could take when securing the perfect spot for a memorial bench. If you’re unsure of where you want to put the memorial bench, call your local council and check their capacity in the local communal areas. This may help you to narrow down your search if you have no specific place in mind.
On the contrary, if you do have a specific spot in mind, call your local council and enquire about the availability of your chosen public space. If they are at capacity, they should be able to give you information on when there will be sufficient space for your memorial bench.
If you are planning on placing the memorial bench in a church garden or cemetery, you’ll need to contact the groundskeeper or church manager. They may be able to handle your inquiry directly and the council will most likely redirect you to them anyway if this is your chosen location.
It’s worth mentioning that your local council will also most likely have an online application system that you can use to fill out the necessary forms in your own time if you would prefer not to apply over the phone or face-to-face.
Do I have to install the memorial bench myself?
Usually, your local council will prefer to install the memorial bench. This is to ensure that it is done correctly, meeting their requirements and guidelines of where the memorial bench is to be positioned.
It’s not uncommon for local councils to charge an additional fee for the installation of a memorial bench. Be sure to enquire about any installation fees.
Is there a cost once planning permission is granted?
Most likely, yes. It’s not uncommon for there to be a cost once planning permission is granted, but the quantity will depend on your area and local council. Be sure to ask your local authority about any charges so that you have all of the necessary information.
Is solid teak a good material to use for a memorial bench?
Yes. Solid teak is the best timber for memorial benches. It’s natural that you’ll want your memorial bench to last as long as possible before requiring a replacement.
High-quality solid teak is the toughest of timber, meaning it can withstand the elements better than any other wood option. It’ll require very little maintenance and it’ll last for several decades - making it the most dependable and beautiful tribute. We’ve seen instances of teak benches lasting 70 years or more.
Which public areas offer space for memorial benches?
As you would expect, the most scenic locations are the most popular places to put memorial benches.. As such, you’ll need to check whether the public area you have in mind is at full capacity. If it is, think about an alternative location to put your memorial bench.
Placing a memorial bench in a public area allows loved ones the freedom to pay their respects, at any time they wish to do so, either alone or with other loved ones.
Of course, your first choice may be somewhere that holds sentimental value to you. If you don’t have a public place in mind, here are places that commonly hold memorial benches:
> Public botanical gardens.
> National Trust gardens and grounds.
> Church grounds.
> Public communal areas - such as city centres and street pathways.
> Public parks.
> Cemetery gardens.
> Public walkways.
> Public forest pathways.
> Coastal promenades.
How long can I have a memorial bench in a public place?
You can have a memorial bench in a public place for however long you wish. You’ll need to check with your local council, however, as most operate a ten-year leasehold. So once the decade comes to an end, you can either renew the memorial bench spot or simply choose another place.
We hope that you’ve found this article on how you can put a memorial bench in a public place helpful.
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