Sports and leisure

Memorials and donations

Making a donation for a park bench, tree or daffodil planting is a way to mark a memorable event such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding or to commemorate a special person.

Requests for new memorials

We'll forward your enquiry to the Public Realm service who will then contact you to discuss your request.

Tree donations and gifts

Help offset CO2 production and protect York's precious tree heritage by making a donation towards planting a tree. We'll try to match your preferred location and tree species and assist you with your decision.

The minimum donation for a personally owned tree is £200 - the cost will depend on the species of tree chosen.

Tree planting season

Tree planting season is between December and March. Donations received between April and November will allow us to plant in the next planting season. Donations received between December and March will be held over to the following year's buying and planting season.

Daffodil donations and gifts

Springtime is celebrated in York by a magnificent display of daffodils on the Bar Walls and parks. When you donate, you can specify on which part of the walls or in which park you would like us to plant your daffodils, subject to the agreement of our Operations Manager (Public Realm).

The minimum donation of £35.00 will pay for 250 bulbs.

Daffodil planting season

Planting season is between October and November. Requests made after the middle of September will be carried over to the following year's buying and planting season.

Park bench/bench plaques donations and gifts

Benches can be located at a range of sites including:

All benches are robust and easy to maintain and, depending on the site chosen, made to complement their location. The current minimum donation is £600 for a bench, which includes a brass plaque engraved with brief details of the donation.

Alternatively, you may consider purchasing a brass plaque to be installed on an existing bench at a cost of £75.00.

This covers:

  • the cost of the plaque
  • engraving and installation

Should you wish to donate a bench for Rowntree Park, the minimum donation is £1000. This is to cover the cost of a made-to-order bench which meets Heritage Lottery Fund criteria, as any new bench has to match existing benches within this park.

Also see

Public Realm

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 551551