A LIVING willow Mayflower ship is being built to mark the 400th anniversary of the ship’s historic voyage to America.

The living willow ship will be built on Harwich Green as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

A Tendring Council spokesman said: “This living art work will form part of the Mayflower Trail which is due to be installed towards the end of the year.

“As a living art work, it will be permanent.”

It is set to be feature for local people and visitors to the town.

It will be built by Willow Phoenix, of Norwich, which also designed the Willow U-Boat for the 100th anniversary of the surrender last year.

He added: “There are plans for a community engagement week to get people involved in the construction, but details of that are still to be confirmed.”

The dimensions for the ship will be finalised in the final design stage.