A WILLOW ship is hoped to capture people’s imagination and be a visual experience for future generations.

A piece of living art depicting The Mayflower ship will be planted in Harwich Green as a permanent commemoration of the historic ship whose master Christopher Jones lived in the town.

The structure is being built as next year marks the 400th anniversary the historic ship sailed the pilgrim fathers to America.

The ship will be made by Willow Phoenix and installed this spring.

Members of the community will also be trained up to help maintain the sculpture in the long-term.

Mick Skeels, Tendring Council cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said the sculpture would really capture people’s imagination.

He added: “Harwich Green is such a wonderful community space in the town, and this willow artwork will really stand out for both residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Though there is a natural focus on 2020 as the 400th anniversary year, we are really keen that there is an ongoing legacy for Harwich for many years to come from the town’s strong links to this historic journey. This sculpture will form part of that legacy providing a visual experience for future generations.”

Adam Lawes, from Willow Phoenix, said the firm was thrilled to be involved.