RHS and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell to launch garden design competition

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society, will be launching a competition tomorrow (8 April) to give green-fingered Brits the chance to help design a garden at the Olympic Park.

Entrants will be asked to submit a design for a quarter acre garden that uses traditional trees, plants and flowers so that visitors wandering through the site in 2012 feel like they are taking a route through a British back garden.

 The garden will also commemorate the Much Wenlock Olympian Society in Shropshire, whose games inspired Pierre de Courbertin to found the modern Olympic movement in 1894.

 Two winners - one 16 and under and one aged over 17 - will be chosen by a public vote in September 2009.

 The winners will work with the team of professional landscape gardeners and gardeners on the Olympic Park to design a Great British Garden that will be in bloom during the London 2012 Games.


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