Do you have found memories of Battersea Park, or another park or common in the Borough of Wandsworth? If so, sponsoring a bench will be a lasting and memorable contribution to these much-loved and well used spaces. In Battersea Park, there are two types of benches you can sponsor: cast iron or steel strap. In our smaller parks we offer Evergreen benches with an engraved plaque, and on the commons, we offer a forest-saver seat with an engraved back board. Please note that due to high demands, there is a waiting list for sponsoring a memorial bench, but if you make an enquiry we will add you to the waiting list and be in touch when we are in a position to progress your request.
Cast Iron Benches
The cast iron bench design was at its height of popularity during the mid 19th century. Although very few benches from that period survive today, the design for our benches has been copied from a photograph of an original as part of the restoration of the park carried out during the 1990s. This style bench is used in the more formal areas of the park, including the riverside promenade, the Sub Tropical and Rosery Gardens, as well as on Central Avenue.
Steel Strap Benches
The strap benches can be seen in early photographs of the park. Some of the original strap benches survive and have been refurbished. The new benches are exact replicas; however the wood used is from sustainable sources rather than teak which was used on the original benches. The strap bench is widely distributed throughout the park, except in formal garden areas.
If damaged, the bench will be repaired wherever possible. For the first three years, if the bench is damaged beyond repair, it will be replaced at no charge to you. After three years, where the bench is damaged beyond repair, we can make no guarantee that the bench will be replaced.
Placement of the Benches
We reserve the exclusive right to display or not to display any bench within the park/common and its location. Once we have installed a bench in the park/common we do not intend to move it. However, if we need to move or remove the bench, we will tell you in advance.
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