Presentation seats and tree donation

Following Government advice issued on Monday 16 March 2020 to step up measures to combat the Coronavirus COVID-19, unfortunately our Presentation Seat scheme is on hold until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience or upset that this decision will cause, we will of course keep this page updated whenever we have further information.

You can donate a black, galvanised metal seat in memory or celebration of a loved one or special occasion. Seats can be sited in most of our parks, walkways and on some city streets. The metal seat costs £1,965 which includes

  • the plaque
  • the inscription
  • installation
  • maintenance for 20 years.

Please note that wooden presentation seats are now only available for Lauriston Castle Gardens, Saughton Park Walled Garden and when space becomes available at the City Chambers Quadrangle and Princes Street Gardens. The cost of a wooden seat is £3,925, which covers the same elements as the metal seat.

If a seat is damaged beyond repair during the 20 years, the cost of a replacement is the donor's responsibility. 

Please be aware we do not permit additions to the seat, for instance

  • floral displays
  • pictures
  • keepsakes.

You will be donating the seat for the use of everyone who lives in or visits Edinburgh and they remain the property of the City of Edinburgh Council throughout the 20-year period.

Availability

Unfortunately, the following popular locations have reached capacity and are no longer available for seat donations:

  • Blackford Hill
  • Blackford Pond
  • Bonaly Park
  • Calton Hill
  • Princes Street
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • The Hermitage of Braid
  • The Water of Leith Walkway (Roseburn to Canonmills section)
  • Threipmuir Reservoir

Tree Time

Tree Time is a pilot initiative led by the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and the Woodland Trust Scotland.  Its aim is to increase and maintain Edinburgh's trees by offering a way of commemorating a loved one's life, marking a child's birth, celebrating a special anniversary or just to show how much a person cares about trees and Edinburgh as a place.

Choose how much you want to donate and you will be sent a personalised certificate or if you adopt a tree or donate toward a new tree being planted, a personalised plaque will be added.

Go to the Tree Time website for more information.