Spurr in Games role at Greenwich

The Royal Parks has appointed Derrick Spurr, currently manager at London's Greenwich Park, to the position of Olympics project manager - and is recruiting for a new parks manager.

The parks manager will handle the day-to-day management at the park, which is London's oldest enclosed royal park, while Spurr concentrates on preparations for the London Olympics. In 2012, the park will play host to the equestrian cross-country event.

The director of parks and deputy chief executive of the Royal Parks Colin Buttery said that in the run-up to 2012 it was likely more staff would be needed at other sites due to hosting events.

However, at Greenwich "we need extra resources now because of the longer lead-in".

Spurr told HW recently that following protests against staging the cross-country event at Greenwich, local relations have been improved due to greater communication by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), which held a roadshow in the park at the end of November (HW, 5 December).

Protest groups have claimed that trees will be lost or damaged - claims which Spurr has roundly rejected. He told HW: "The only pruning that will be done will be of small, feathery branches in five areas of the park."

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