The council recognises that many residents may want to remember loved ones with a memorial in an area owned and managed by us such as parks or woodlands, including:

We are also willing to accept applications at other open spaces which are managed by us. Have a look at our interactive map to see if there are any other open spaces which you may be interested in.

We are happy to accommodate requests for memorials in most cases, but it is important to remember that open spaces are enjoyed by a wide range of users and residents. 

Read the full Open Spaces Memorial Guidance Note 2020 (PDF Document, 0.19 Mb).

The Crematorium at Loughborough is managed by a private company, Dignity Funeral Services: 01509 230240.

Memorial Benches

Applicants can apply for benches to be installed in open spaces in memory of loved ones. These could be refurbishment of existing benches or replacements for old benches, but additional benches in new locations will be considered.

Memorial Trees

Applicants can also enquire about planting a memorial tree in memory of a loved one. The planting of trees may not be possible in some open space and locations will need to be discussed with the Council prior to the application being made. The number of trees permissible may be limited dependant on location.

Ashes and other types of memorial

Ashes will only be scattered in a location agreed in advance by the Head of Environmental Services. No flowers or similar memorials shall be permitted to mark the occasion or the site at any time.

We will only permit memorials to individuals. Applications for memorials to any historical event or deceased pets will not be considered.

Applications for other types of memorial will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Memorials should be standard park features (e.g. shrubs or gates) rather than additional sculptures or pieces of art.

How to apply

All applications for memorials and to scatter ashes in open spaces should initially be made to our open spaces by email to

The applicant will require the permission from the next of kin to progress the application and all memorials must be paid for before the completion of installation.

Application form for a memorial bench or plaque - Memorial bench application form June 2020 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

Application form for a memorial tree - Memorial tree application form June 2020 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

It is always advisable to insure a memorial against accidental damage and vandalism, making sure the cover takes effect immediately it is erected. 

Last updated: Wed 17th June, 2020 @ 12:13