New orchard will be at the core of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Plans announced for a new area of the Park, Mandeville Place, which will celebrate the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

In celebration of the most successful Paralympic Games ever, plans to create a new area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, known as Mandeville Place, have been unveiled. Taking inspiration from the use of apples in the 2012 Opening Ceremony, a stunning orchard will open at the Park in spring 2015 and a national schools competition is being launched today, National Apple Day, to find a name for a brand new variety of apple that will be grown there.

The delicious new variety of apple is being developed by mixing pollen from different apple blossoms and is only the third new apple variety to have been created for London in the past 50 years. Children are encouraged to come up with a name that will reflect the legacy of the Paralympic Games and the winners will see the new tree grow in their school as well as at Mandeville Place.