Commemorative Bench and Tree Program

The Bluewater commemorative bench and tree program (CBTP) allows you to memorialize an individual or organization through the donation of a bench or tree that will be installed or planted on municipally owned property. Both bench and tree donations are tax deductible. 

If you would like to learn more about the commemorative bench and tree program or place an order, please contact the administrative assistant for Facilities.

Important program information

We accept orders for commemorative benches and trees at two points during the year. Please complete either the April or September order form depending on the time of year you are ordering.

April order form

September order form

The program operates under a cost recovery system, including the cost for purchasing benches or trees and staff costs for installation or planting. We must receive the full payment and a completed request form before we are able to process the donation and order your commemorative tree or bench.

Please contact the administrative assistant for the Facilities department for pricing information.

Commemorative bench installation or tree planting will take place at the discretion of the municipality between April 1st and September 30th. A minimum of 12 weeks is required between the time of donation and installation or planting. Benches or trees ordered after September 30th will be installed or planted in spring of the following calendar year.

Laser-cut plaques are part of the benches. The choice of wording for the bench plaque is offered on the request form. Plaques for trees are not available at this time.

In the event of theft or vandalism, commemorative bench and tree repair and/or replacement will be at the discretion of the municipality.

There are many possible locations for your commemorative bench or tree, including in the downtown areas of our villages; in cemeteries and parks; on trails; or outside facilities. You can specify your preferred location on the request form. Please note, the final location is at the discretion of municipal staff for various environmental reasons.

We understand that donors may wish to have a short dedication ceremony for their bench or tree, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your date. However, please note that we are unable to guarantee installation dates for either benches or trees.

You can pay by cheque, cash, or debit.

  • Payment by cheque: Please make your cheque payable to the Municipality of Bluewater with "Donation - Bench" or “Donation - Tree” in the memo line as appropriate. You may drop off or mail your completed form and cheque to the Municipality of Bluewater, 14 Mill Avenue, P.O. Box 250, Zurich, ON N0M 2T0. Cheques and completed forms may also be dropped off at the administration office.
  • Payment by cash or debit: Please visit the municipal office at 14 Mill Avenue in Zurich with your completed form to make a payment by cash or debit. 

Commemorative benches and trees are tax deductible. Donors must submit full payment before midnight on the last business day of the calendar year in which the donation takes place.

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