Noel Kingsbury takes a look at how Olympic Park’s revolutionary plantings are faring three years after the Olympics.
“Olympic Park is the largest the largest new park in the UK for over a hundred years. Its naturalistic planting design for the 2012 Olympics was groundbreaking. Here’s a look at how it’s faring since the Olympic limelight faded.
“…all the various naturalistic plantings, particularly the ambitious plant mixes created by Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough from the University of Sheffield; Piet Oudolf has created some borders here as well.
This is a very large, ambitious and complex park- it is interesting to see the management documents from the London Legacy Development Corporation who are managing it, which outline a large number of different habitats, all receiving different treatments: particularly mowing and cutting regimes.
“There are planting lists on the QE park website, which is at first sight looks a cheerfully dumbed-down affair, with a rather inadequate map but if you dig around you will find:
(2015) August 30 post on Noel Kingsbury’s blog.