The adminstration agreed on a particularly robust and environmentally-friendly model for the benches. It consists of a 100%-recycled material and is especially easy to maintain. There is no yearly overhaul, repair or paint work necessary, as is common with wooden benches.
Another point which is not insignificant, it makes vandalism less likely. The focus for choosing a site for the new benches is on finding a place where people can have a peaceful break. One important place like that was for example the old Brandis cemetery. The first two benches have already been purchased for this location. Four further benches have already been set up in Polenz, two benches each are planned for Brandis and Beucha.
Brandis council invites its citizens to take over bench sponsorships in order to have even more benches. "Things that have worked in other towns and communities should work here as well", says Arno Jesse. "Sponsor a bench and you can choose your favourite spot for the bench together with the administration", says the mayor. Private individuals and companies can become sponsors of a bench in the town area or they can give the sponsorship as a present. Of course, a dedication on the bench will be fitted upon request.
The sponsorship is initially planned for five years, the staff of the municipal works take care of the benches and the greenery directly surrounding it. The bench sponsorship is designed as a donation to the town of Brandis and amounts to 400 Euros for the five years, a donation receipt is issued.
"Whether for the company anniversary, for a wedding or other special occasions, there are ample opportunities to take over such a bench sponsorship", says Arno Jesse. "Or maybe just to do something good for the town ..."