London’s Olympic Park Garden – Living proof of a truly green Olympics.
After two years of design, preparation and construction, the London Olympic Park garden is finally finished. The 2.5 kilometre site located in Stratford, east London, consists of many lush meadows and fields, containing more than 4,000 new trees.
The former brownfield industrial site is nectar-rich with 300,000 wetland plants, 4,000 semi-mature trees and a multitude of flowers designed to blossom whilst the 2012 Olympics are taking place. Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins, put the final touches to the UK’s largest urban park by planting an English oak sapling, a poignant symbol of Englishness located within a truly international event.
The quarter of an acre riverside Olympic Park garden overlooks the Olympic Stadium, which has the capacity to hold 80000 people during the Games.
The amazing transformation of a barren, disused industrial estate into a vast urban park of meadows and fields brimming with natural life, is a pleasant feature of the London Olympic 2012’s commitment to be the greenest Olympic and Paralympic games to date. Talking about how the now completed urban Olympic park garden is going to help ensure London achieves its goal as being the greenest Olympics in history, Chris Collins said:
“What has been achieved on the site in turning it from brown to green is remarkable. Spectators will find it hard not to be blown away next summer as the effort put into creating a diverse and colourful park has already paid off.”
Earlier this year, London 2012 Olympic organisers published a statement that they were “on track to deliver the world’s first “truly sustainable” Olympic Games.”
As well as being on target to cut the carbon footprint by 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the procurement of materials and venue construction, the green lawns, lush meadows and 4,000 new trees that make up Britain’s largest urban park, is proof that Olympic Games of the 21st century can certainly be green, likewise so can a city the size of London.