July event invites delegates to explore Olympic parklands

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will hold a one-day conference in July to showcase the development of the 100ha Olympic Park landscape.

Image: ODA
Image: ODA

Key figures involved in creating what will be the largest new urban park in the UK will explain their involvement in the project, how it has taken shape and what lessons have been learned. The event takes place at London's Canary Wharf on 13 July.

Speakers will include: the ODA's head of parklands and public realm John Hopkins, who will explain the overall design; landscape architects LDA Design and Hargreaves Associates, which will review the challenges, and LDA Design ecology director Peter Shepherd, who will explain the biodiversity plan.

Delegates will also hear from landscape designers, nurseries and contractors involved in the project.

HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe said the Olympic Park project was vital to the UK landscape industry. "It will set the standard for the future and it provides solutions for addressing major technical and environmental challenges," he said.

APL chair Mark Gregory said it was a fantastic opportunity for landscaping professionals to get a comprehensive view of what went into a major landscape project.

Delegates will also be offered the opportunity to take a guided site tour.

To book tickets for the event, email events@the-hta.org.uk.

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