Make a gift to the estate

All gift to the estate donations are welcome contributions which help to 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 only and we are happy to discuss bespoke donations and try to accommodate any individual specific requirements.

Tree/Shrub/Plant Donation

If you have a preferred tree/shrub/plant, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

If you have a preferred planting location on campus, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

If you have no preferences, we would be happy to advise you of a suitable tree/shrub/plant and a suitable planting location on campus.

We must consider soil, aspect and plant hardiness in agreeing a tree/shrub/plant and its location.

Please note that planting trees/shrubs/plants 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 Grounds team will plant all trees/shrubs/plants 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 the donated tree/shrub/plant by family, friends and colleagues (14 days’ notice required). 

Bench Donation

Benches are purchased from a local supplier and are ethically sourced from FSC approved, UK grown sustainable timber.

Supply, treat and install a 5ft hardwood teak bench

£745*  (If you are a UK taxpayer, you may be eligible to qualify for Gift Aid)

Supply, treat and install a 6ft hardwood teak bench

£785*  (If you are a UK taxpayer, you may be eligible to qualify for Gift Aid)

 *Costs may be subject to change.

Benches can be engraved with your preferred wording at extra cost; please contact the Grounds Office by email or on 01392 725531 for further information.

The exact location of the bench would need to be agreed with the Assistant Director of Grounds.

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 an existing donated bench on our grounds, please contact the Campus Services Helpdesk by email or on 01392 724552 and it would be helpful if you could confirm the approximate position of the bench on campus.

Additional Information

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

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.

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

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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.