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Gardening for the Olympics

PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:16 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist GREEN fingered East Enders will have the chance to help design a Great British Garden on the 2012 Olympic Park in a nation-wide competition. Two winners will work with a team of landscape artists to create the garden on a quarter-acre site

By Else Kvist

GREEN fingered East Enders will have the chance to help design a Great British Garden on the 2012 Olympic Park in a nation-wide competition.

Two winners will work with a team of landscape artists to create the garden on a quarter-acre site within the east London Park.

Amateur gardeners are being urged to submit ideas, expressing the qualities of a British domestic garden within contemporary parkland. Judges say that visitors should feel like they are wandering through someone's garden.

The competition, run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, is designed to showcase one of the nation's favorite pastimes, gardening, while commemorating the Much Wenlock Olympian Society in Shropshire, whose games in 1850 inspired the first modern Olympiad in 1896.

Six finalists will be shortlisted by a panel of experts before being put to a public vote. A winner will then be chosen from the under 16 and the 17 and over categories.

Visit www.rhs.org.uk to enter.

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