Thousands of members of the public voted online to choose the winners of the RHS Olympic Park Great British Garden Competition.
Eleven-year-old Hannah Clegg from Malmesbury, Wiltshire, won the young people's section of the competition, with Rachel Read from Colchester winning in the adult category. They beat competition from hundreds of rivals to work with professional designers — including Sarah Price and landscape designer George Hargreaves — to help create the garden in the London 2012 Olympic Park.
Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards and Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins presented the winners with certificates at the Olympics site this week.
The winners will now attend a series of workshops with the park's landscape team to design a single garden that incorporates their ideas. The landscape work on the garden will begin in 2010 and will be completed in 2011. The garden will remain on site after the 2012 Games has finished.
Tessa Jowell said: "Hannah and Rachel's designs reflect the best of British with an Olympic twist so it is easy to see why they captured the imagination of the public. The chance for them to work with professional designers and bring their ideas to life on the Olympic Park is one they will never forget. Our green fingers are known the world over and this garden is a celebration of that talent that will live on long after the Games are over. I will be taking a keen interest in seeing the garden grow between now and 2012."
The contractors that will build the garden, on the north side of the Olympic park, are to be announced in the next couple of months, said Olympics parklands project sponsor John Hopkins. Suppliers of plants to Sarah Price's Olympic botanic garden have also been shortlisted.
David Higgins said: "It is a privilege to welcome our budding new designers to the world-class team to create the parklands for London 2012 and legacy. They will work together to design a great British garden that will be a much-enjoyed addition to the park, which is already taking shape as a green backdrop for the Games and the largest new urban park in the UK for a century."
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