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July 2022

Ten Years After the Event - The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


The XXX Olympiad Games were held in Stratford, London in the summer of 2012, with the newly constructed Olympic Stadium playing a prominent role.

With the stadium surrounded by a brand new 226-hectare park, Palmstead were commissioned following a rigorous selection process to contract grow thousands of plants; many of which had never been grown commercially in the UK.

 

Dozens of often exotic species had to be sourced from around the world, so understanding their needs proved quite a challenge, especially when it came to nurturing them through the damp and mild British winters.

Additionally, some plants had to be delayed, while others were brought forward in advance of the 2012 Olympics.  With their experience in preparing plants for flower shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court, Palmstead was well prepared.

 

The team worked closely with Willerby Landscapes in designing a planting plan coupled with logistics that met their requirements; this was a deadline that couldn't be pushed back, whatever the weather.

Beginning in August 2011, we began delivering the 70,000 plants in sections, with the last few groups being delivered shortly before the games began.