As the flagship project of The Road to Mayflower, a brand new landscape design has been delivered to revitalise Marsh Mills Roundabout as a green gateway that transforms visitors’ arrival experience as well as delivering significant environmental benefits.
Over 1000 silver birch trees have been planted to form the Forest, some colourful surprises have been installed including bulbs and wildflower turf, and an artistic dry riverbed has been created using local stone, as a reference to the American landscape that the Pilgrims discovered. The Native Americans used birch trees to make their canoes and shelters and the tree is indigenous to both the UK and North America.
This project will deliver a lasting legacy through:
• Improvements to aesthetics and visual amenity so that the concrete jungle of the city’s main gateway becomes green, lush and so much more attractive
• Biodiversity especially for insects and other invertebrates with the installation of species-rich grasslands
• Carbon sequestration – important for the highly polluted area of Marsh Mills
• Sustainable urban drainage
• Trapping particulates on leaves to improve air quality
• An improved key gateway into the city – impressing visitors, and enjoyed by residents who use this highway regularly
• Ongoing seasonal interest
• Support for Plymouth’s Plan to increase its tree cover
The design has been led and delivered by leading construction consultants at AECOM (Landscape Architecture) who are appointed as Principal Designer and YGS Landscapes (Landscape Contractors).