Four providers of Olympic wetland plants revealed

Four contractors have been shortlisted to supply 500,000 wetland plants for the Olympic Park in east London.

Aga Group, British Flora, Salix and Tim Wells have been shortlisted to provide wetland plants for the 100ha parklands, which will include new riverside cycle paths and footpaths, a wetland bowl, ponds and wet woodlands.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has been consulting the London Wetland Centre in Barnes on species selection, planting methods and protection during establishment. British Waterways has been involved in discussions on water level management within the park alongside consultation with Natural England, the Environment Agency and CABE Space.

ODA project sponsor for parklands and public realm John Hopkins said: "We are moving steadily closer to creating the London 2012 Olympic Park parklands, a new green space for London both during the Games and in legacy.

"We are regenerating the Olympic Park waterways to create habitats for wildlife and help 'future proof' the park and surrounding built-up areas against climate change and flooding. Wetland bowls, ponds, ditches and widened rivers will help manage flood water and create beautiful new spaces for the public and wildlife."

- Bidding for firms interested in soft landscaping in the north of the park closes today (10 April).Contracts will cover soil profiling, tree planting, seeding and turfing, drainage, irrigation, kerbs and paths.

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