Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has said that the Olympic Park will be a “stunning green oasis” to be proud of after the 2012 Games are over.
Approximately 1,011,714m² of former industrial land in the heart of east London will become the UK’s largest new urban park in more than 100 years, and the Olympic Delivery Authority said work on transforming the site had already begun.
Avenues of trees and hedges will be used to provide a welcoming entrance to the area, and more than 4,000 semi-mature British-grown trees will be planted across the Olympic Park and Olympic Village.
The Olympic Park Legacy Company has also outlined plans for “hanging gardens” set 9m above ground on the footbridge linking the park to Stratford City, with meadows, lawns, shrubs and rows of trees welcoming people over the main walking entrance into the park.
A tree-lined road into the north of the site − modelled on The Mall and Birdcage Walk in central London − will feature distinctively designed lights, bollards and traffic management so visitors feel like they are within the park.
There will also be a new regional sports club set in parkland, with a tranquil garden square centred on the original Eton Manor Boys Club war memorial and lined with sweet gum trees which turn red around Remembrance Day.
More than 300,000 wetland plants and hundreds of thousands of flowers and bulbs will also be planted in a variety of wooded hills, meadows, ponds, lawns, gardens and wet woodlands.
Jowell said: “The Olympics will create a stunning green oasis in east London that in legacy will join the long list of world famous parks London is so lucky to have.
“Nowhere else will features like the great British garden, wetlands and new wildlife habitats sit side by side with world class sports facilities. This will be a destination that the whole nation can be proud of.”