Businesses across the city were asked to ‘Make a difference for Mayflower’ by contributing time, materials or sponsorship to get the city ready for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020.
The project team, comprising Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Centre Company and the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, have been blown away by the response with over 30 businesses already pledging support and more coming forward all the time.
The first ‘Make a Difference’ event took place last week, with representatives from the Council, PWP and waterfront businesses working at Devil’s Point, cleaning the pool, painting shelters and clearing litter.
This week volunteers and council staff tackled a section of the Hoe Foreshore around Lion’s Den, stripping back vegetation, painting railings and benches and tidying up.
Sarah Gibson, Waterfront Manager for Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, said; “Businesses have responded brilliantly to the call out for help to make a difference in the Waterfront Business improvement district area.
“We’ve tidied up at Devil’s Point and now improvements on the Hoe foreshore. We’ve received further pledges of voluntary help from staff teams, offers or cash for new planters and support with marketing and social media. There’s much more we can achieve by pulling together, this is just the beginning.”
Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet member for Street Scene said: “We’ve been really encouraged by the initial response of businesses to our rallying call. The entire city is going to be on show and in the spotlight during 2020 as well as the run up. As a Council we are investing an additional £1.5 million over the next three years to transform public spaces in the waterfront and city centre area. We have already started – the Belvedere has been completely repainted and Cliff Road has been transformed with the removal of overgrown vegetation.”
To ‘Make a Difference for Mayflower’ email firstname.lastname@example.org.