The Mayflower Forest becomes part of the Queen's Green Canopy to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

Plymouth’s Mayflower Forest is officially part of The Queen’s Green Canopy map, a national campaign to create a greener UK and a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation.

The volunteer team led by members of Plymouth’s construction industry created the new landscape design in 2021 to revitalise Marsh Mills Roundabout as a green gateway transforming the welcome experience into Plymouth as well as delivering significant environmental benefits including improvements to air quality, carbon sequestration and biodiversity. Known as ‘The Mayflower Forest’, the design created an urban forest of 1000 new birch trees and construction of a dry river bed, with significant wildflower planting.

Steve Warren-Brown, Managing Director of YGS Landscapes said: “We are thrilled to have added a further 70 trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, and we have renewed over 200m2 of wildflower meadow to maintain the displays throughout the summer. We have also been managing the existing flora to create as rich a biodiversity as possible.”

Emma Hewitt, project lead for The Road to Mayflower volunteer team said: “Delighted that our project is part of this unprecedented anniversary and proud to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. The continued commitment by construction friends to further develop The Mayflower Forest is amazing, real community investment.”