Public vote will select one of 12 designs by amateur gardeners for 2012 Games

Designs from 12 amateur gardeners hoping to create a quarter-acre (0.1ha) plot in the Olympic Park have been revealed this week.

A public vote for the RHS Olympic Park Great British Garden Competition opened yesterday (1 October) and winners will work with the LDA Design/Hargreaves landscape architects to realise their plans.

Six finalists from each age range, 16 and under and over 17, have been shortlisted through to the final round.

For the next month the public will be able to vote online for the design that they would like to see at the park during and after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) project sponsor for parklands and public realm John Hopkins said: "There were some great ideas for the garden and the judges had a tough time shortlisting them down to 12. We can't wait to get to work with the winners and our designers to develop the winning ideas within the stunning parklands we are now building."

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said: "It was exciting to see so many good entries for what is a unique chance for the general public to shape part of the Olympic Park.

"The final shortlist reflects the traditions and quirks of British gardens, from Tudor roses to garden gnomes, but they are all very different designs."

Shortlisted entries in the 16 years and under category are: Ben Rubin-Moberg; Hannah Clegg; Tanya Ward; James Callicott; Shandan Sithamparanathan; and Harriet Smith. Shortlisted entrants in the 17 years and over category are: Emma Graham; Rachel Reid; Susan Summers; Joanne L Slade; Sian Llewellyn Astington; and Angela Jones.

- To vote for a design visit www.rhs.org.uk/competitions/great-british-garden-competition before 30 October.


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