Make a gift to the estate

All donations are welcomed and are a fantastic contribution which will help improve and develop the grounds at the University of Exeter benefitting the students, staff, visitors and the flora and fauna around the estate.

Below are guidelines and we are happy to discuss bespoke donations and try to accommodate any specific requirements:

  • Plant and maintain trees/shrubs/bulbs/roses
  • Restock plants and fish in a pond/waterway on campus
  • Renovate a grass sports pitch through overseeding, fertilising and de-compaction works
  • Supply and install new information board signage for grounds
  • Supply, treat and install a hardwood bench (5ft/6ft) from sustainably managed forest.  Benches can be engraved with your preferred wording at extra cost

We would ask you to remember that planting trees and shrubs is a seasonal activity, ideally undertaken when they are dormant i.e. typically October to March.  This has an impact on both the availability of material and the survival rate, post planting.  Our professional Grounds Team will plant all trees and shrubs using recognised horticultural practices.  

We are happy, if requested, to arrange a topping-out ceremony, where we prepare soil and provide a spade to allow soil to be placed around the base of a donated tree or shrub, by family, friends and colleagues (14 days’ notice required).

Unfortunately we are unable to grant permission for plaques to be placed on the estate. We can, however, provide you with a framed gift to the estate certificate, acknowledging your kind donation.

Please note that although all new benches are treated with a preservative, the condition of benches after an average of 10-15 years can deteriorate beyond economic repair. Over these 10-15 years donated benches will have offered rest and enjoyment to a wide range of people visiting the campus. The University values the donation, but must take into account both economic and safety aspects as custodians and managers of the land and we regret that we may have to remove benches that fall into this uneconomic to repair condition.

If you would like information regarding the maintenance of a donated bench on our Exeter campuses, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 01392 724552 and it would be helpful if you could confirm the approximate position of the bench on campus.

While every attempt will be made to nurture donations, we are unable to guarantee their survival or replacement.

If you are interested in making a gift to the estate, please contact the Grounds Office by email or on 01392 725531. The Director of Grounds will be happy to discuss your individual requirements and provide costs.
Scattering ashes

The University of Exeter grounds play a significant role in the life of a large number of our students, staff, alumni and visitors. Many people develop a very close association with our campuses and wish to have their ashes or a family member's ashes scattered close to a significant spot on the University grounds.

There are restrictions regarding scattering ashes on University grounds and please refer to the policy on scattering ashes on campus for further information.