Olympic rings spectacular unveiled
A floral spectacular is in bloom in front of the Orangery at Kew Gardens to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
18 Apr 2012
Floral spectacular - the Olympic rings in bloom at Kew Gardens
100 days to go!
Millions of people around the UK are getting ready to welcome the world to London in 100 days time.
70,000 volunteers are already a significant way through the million hours of training they will receive ahead of the eight million hours of volunteering they will deliver; over eight million people have said in a recent survey they are getting ready to line the streets and cheer the thousands of community heroes carrying the Olympic flame around the UK; two million school children are learning about the values of the Games and the countries and cultures of the 10,000 plus athletes from over 200 National Olympic Committees coming to the UK and eight million Olympic and Paralympic tickets will be in the hands of British sports fans by the summer.
A floral spectacular
Today sees the latest ‘spectacular’ installation of the Olympic rings unveiled - at Kew Gardens. The rings, which are 50m long, are made up of 20,000 plants and visible from the Heathrow flight path. The flowers were planted over a period of five days by a team of volunteers and Kew staff and consist of Viola ‘Light Blue’, Viola ‘Clear Yellow’, Viola ‘Black Delight’, apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) and Viola ‘Red Blotch’ plants. Find out more about horned pansy (Viola cornuta), the principle plant in our floral spectacular.
A ribbon of oak trees
To celebrate the UK’s role in the birth of the modern Olympic movement, a total of 40 'Coubertin Oaks' are being planted at venues around the UK. Trees grown from acorns taken from an English oak planted in 1890 during the visit of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, to the Wenlock Olympian Games will today be planted at Kew Gardens and at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, Shropshire; the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum; and at the UPS London Central Centre, in Camden. Twenty-six 'Get Set' schools will also plant oaks as part of this project.
With 100 days to go to the start of the Games, millions of people are getting ready to do the best work of their lives and welcome the world this summer. There is a groundswell of support and excitement, not just in the UK, but internationally as the final countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games begins.Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair
Four Coubertin oaks will be planted in the Olympic Park, London, with others planted at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire, the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum; and at the UPS London Central Centre, in Camden.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said, ‘With 100 days to go to the start of the Games, millions of people are getting ready to do the best work of their lives and welcome the world this summer. There is a groundswell of support and excitement, not just in the UK, but internationally as the final countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games begins. Whether it’s the competing athletes or people getting ready to join their communities in supporting Torchbearers on the streets of the UK, the whole world is getting ready for London. Expectations are high, and we won’t disappoint.’
What else is happening?
Across the UK, thousands of people will be marking 100 days to go. At Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions, a giant sandcastle has been built featuring the Olympic Rings. There will also be activities including 'have a go' sessions and interactive video games at many Live Sites throughout the day on 18 April.
London 2012 Live Sites will be among the destinations in 22 towns and cities across the UK for communities to come together and cheer on the athletes this summer. Up to 500,000 people per day are expected to celebrate the Games at Live Sites throughout the country, and watch the sporting action on the big screens. The sites, run in partnership between London 2012, the BBC and local authorities, and supported by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, partners BT and Lloyds TSB, and supporters Cisco and Cadbury, will become fully dedicated to London 2012 from May. Fully branded, there will be seating provided so crowds can watch the sporting action in style. Many Live Sites will also feature ‘have a go’ sessions for Olympic sports.
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