We are immensely proud to be supporting this excellent initiative - the Mayflower Forest - part of the legacy of the Mayflower400 celebrations. There is no time more important than now to start planting for the future and creating a green gateway to our City. Check them out www.buildingplymouth.co.uk/road-to-mayflower & get amongst it www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mayflowerforest
“ 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. We have until 18 September to raise £40K so time is of the essence!”
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.”