London in bloom

Friday 10 Sep 2010

Wildflowers spring up around London Olympic Stadium ready for 2012 Games

A golden meadow of wildflowers buzzing with bees and butterflies is already blooming around the Olympic Stadium, two years before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The riverbank meadow of cornflowers, marigolds, Californian poppies and prairie flowers has been especially designed and sown to flower gold just in time for the Opening Ceremony. It is the first of over ten football fields worth of nectar-rich wildflower meadows in the Olympic Park which will provide a colorful setting for the Games and be havens for wildlife for years to come.

International wildflower experts from the University of Sheffield have designed a range of late flowering annual and perennial meadows for the Olympic Park using a diverse mix of colourful plants. They will be sown later in the planting season and cut back to ensure they are in bloom throughout the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said: “With two years until the Games the Parklands are already taking shape and the site is going from brown to green with meadows blooming, hundreds of trees and thousands of wetland plants being planted. We are doing everything possible to ensure this is a great park for Games and legacy and a showcase for British park design.”

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