The Township of Russell assists families or groups who wish to commemorate a loved one who has passed away. You can plant a tree or set up a bench in a park or on the recreational trail.

Make a request

Send an email to the Parks and Recreation Department with the following details:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Preferred Location
  • Preferred tree species, if you choose a tree
  • Message on the plaque

Ask for a commemorative tree or bench


The cost of a commemorative tree is $800 (plus HST). We plant a large caliper hardwood tree in honour of your loved one.

The cost of a memorial bench is $2,000 (plus HST). We install a standard bench in honour of your loved one.

In both cases, the cost includes the plaque, installation and maintenance.


We install trees and benches between April and October each year.

Depending on the request, the family or group will meet with a municipal employee for the location and other details. Selection is based on preferences, site conditions and availability.

Tax Deductible

Donations to the commemorative tree and bench program are tax deductible. The Township of Russell must received the donations before December 1 of the current fiscal year.

More information

This program has been in effect since 2014.

Our Commemorative Trees and Benches By-Law (2021-70) is available upon request.