The City of London is pausing the commemorative bench and tree program for 2022. This will allow staff time to review and identify potential locations for new commemorative benches and trees, ensure a fair pricing structure for the program, and deal with supply-chain issues affecting the program. Please note, Memory Wall engravings will proceed for 2022.
If you’d like to be notified when the commemorative bench and tree programs resume, please fill out this form.
A donation through the City’s commemorative program is a lasting and rewarding way to honour the memory of a loved one, celebrate a special occasion or recognize an accomplishment.
Your donation becomes a special tribute for your occasion, as well as an enduring gift to all Londoners within our public parks. Donations provided through the commemorative program are eligible for a charitable receipt.
There are several options available for commemorative features, including trees, benches, and our memory wall.
Commemorative benches (paused for 2022)
Commemorative benches offer a place for peaceful reflection. Benches can be installed along pathways in most parks across the city other than Victoria Park, Ivey Park or the Civic Garden Complex at Springbank Park.
Included with your donation is a personalized plaque and maintenance for the lifetime of the bench which is estimated at about fifteen years. Plaques require a lead time of at least 8 weeks to produce.
Commemorative trees (paused for 2022)
Help enhance our “Forest City” by making a donation to plant a commemorative tree in one of our parks. The City of London is part of the Carolinian eco-region. Carolinian trees improve air quality, provide food and habitat for insects and animals, create shade, and look beautiful too.
Locations may be determined based on individual park needs and optimal tree growth. The City is supportive of adding commemorative trees in most parks other than Victoria Park, Ivey Park or the Civic Garden Area of Springbank. Plaques cannot be installed with commemorative trees.
Located in Springbank Park’s Graham Arboretum, the Memory Wall features granite tablets with personalized engravings in a peaceful and reflective natural setting. For a donation amount of $1500.00, a custom inscription will be included during the annual autumn engraving of the wall. The deadline is August 15. A portion of your donation is used to help maintain and enhance the Arboretum.
To receive a copy of the memory wall application form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.