Building Momentum For The Road To Mayflower Project

Plymouth’s construction industry will be hosting an informal celebration at the Plymouth Snowsports Centre on Thursday 21st November 2019 to thank ‘Friends of the Mayflower Forest’ who donated to the recent crowdfunding campaign raising over £40K to transform Marsh Mills Roundabout into a green gateway for the city.

The Plymouth community including businesses such as Drew and Co Ltd, Plymouth Citybus and Balfour Beatty invested to support the volunteers of The Road to Mayflower team to deliver a new landscape design to revitalise Marsh Mills Roundabout as a green gateway transforming the visitors’ arrival experience as well as delivering significant environmental benefits through planting over 1000 trees.

Opening the celebration will be Karl Friedrich from Hoare Lea, followed by Building Plymouth’s Emma Hewitt who will provide an overview of The Road to Mayflower project and The Mayflower Forest crowdfunding campaign, and present certificates of appreciation to the investing businesses. Steve Warren-Brown from YGS Landscapes will outline the vision and the next steps for delivering the Mayflower Forest.

Emma Hewitt, Skills Co-ordinator at Building Plymouth, spoke about the upcoming event: “The Road to Mayflower project has brought some of the city’s leading construction organisations together to make a positive voluntary contribution to the wider city commemorations for 2020. We are really excited to be celebrating our crowdfunding success with the businesses and individuals who believed and have helped us take another step closer to delivering our vision for leaving a lasting legacy for 2020 by transforming the welcome experience at Marsh Mills Roundabout and along Embankment Road, in order to deliver a world class visitor impression for Plymouth.”

Karl Friedrich, Partner at Hoare Lea said: “Alongside delivering the Mayflower Forest, we are also illuminating the ski slope in colour 21-23 November 2019. This is the second display at the Plymouth Snowsports Centre where we use the ‘blank canvas’ of the ski slope to offer an exciting reaffirmation of the ‘Road to Mayflower’ project and Mayflower 400 itself. The aim is to capture the public’s and businesses attention on the approach to Plymouth from the North and to create a landmark legacy feature on arrival into Britain’s Ocean City. The intent is to show off the ski slope with a variety of dynamic lighting displays in conjunction with the ‘illuminate’ team. The ski slope project will increase awareness of The Road to Mayflower and offer exposure to potential key stakeholders and sponsors. It will also support the Mayflower 400 celebrations, the regeneration of Plymouth and the continued professional development opportunity for the Ski Centre. We have done this in partnership with the new pro-active PSSC management team, JHAV, Kier Construction and of course the inimitable Emma Hewitt.”

Claire Honey, Project Manager for Illuminate said: “The Road to Mayflower volunteering team are doing a fantastic job of showing what’s possible when partners come together to make something happen. We are really excited to see Plymouth’s Ski Slope light up in the lead up to Illuminate which demonstrates the strength of collaboration and passion for the city and Mayflower year – we can’t wait to see it.”

Everyone who pledged support for this crowdfunding campaign has been recognised at

To find out more about the Road to Mayflower project, including how to get involved in the project, visit