Help needed to build the Mayflower Forest

Leading members of Plymouth’s construction industry have launched a fundraising campaign to build the ‘Mayflower Forest’ as part of their community engagement efforts towards a lasting legacy for Mayflower400.

The Road to Mayflower team plan 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.

The volunteering design team, led by AECOM, AWW and YGS Landscapes, plan to plant over 1,000 trees creating the Mayflower Forest of silver birch trees and using local stone to create an artistic dry riverbed.

Emma Hewitt, Skills Co-Ordinator at Building Plymouth, leading in partnership The Road to Mayflower project, spoke about the campaign: “As a team of committed volunteers, we now urgently need the business community to help us – we are seeking 400 pledges of £100 to deliver our vision of the Mayflower Forest. Every pound counts and we also welcome donations from local people who wish to show their civic pride by investing in this project.”

Stuart Elford, Chief Executive of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, said: “As the Greek proverb said ‘A society grows great when people plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit’. The Chamber is delighted to endorse this volunteering legacy project and we are proud to kick-start this fundraising campaign by donating the first £100. We urge our local business community and the people of Plymouth to get involved and help us to build our Mayflower Forest, which will be a fabulous welcome to our great City.”

Adam King, Associate Director of AECOM and leading Landscape Architect, said: “Our vision is to retain the best elements of the existing green infrastructure and enhance them, to provide an elegant sophisticated green gateway to the city. As a global construction consultancy working very closely with the city on major infrastructure projects we are delighted to offer our CSR, design and other volunteering time to reinforce our continued commitment to the regeneration of the city. This fabulous legacy project further demonstrates our sense of civic pride and community spirit.”

Steve Warren-Brown, Managing Director of YGS Landscapes, said: “As a proud Plymothian I am thrilled for my company to be involved in delivering this fantastic project and given the heightened profile of environmental issues this is a timely investment for more trees to be planted which will significantly help to reduce pollution. We hope the local business community will get on board and help us make this legacy project a reality.”

Ian Sanders, Director of AWW’s Plymouth office, said: “We recognise the opportunity that Marsh Mills offers us to create a green gateway to the city but we can’t deliver our exciting designs without a successful fundraising effort now. Through creating the Mayflower Forest, our design nods to the Native Americans using birch to make canoes and shelters which is an interesting link to the wider Mayflower400 commemorations.”

Find out more about the Road to Mayflower project, including how to get involved in the project.

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