A little slice of Paradice for east London

New variety of apple created for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is named Paradice Gold by nation’s schoolchildren

Following entries from hundreds of school children all over the country, a brand new variety of apple that will be grown at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been officially named Paradice Gold. The apple will grow in a new area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, called Mandeville Place, which will celebrate the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The successful name was submitted by three separate schools showing its strength as a name that represents the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games, the values of the Paralympic movement and the tranquillity of Mandeville Place. Heatherside Junior School from Fleet in Hampshire, Catshill Middle School from Bromsgrove, Worchester and Helme CE Junior and Infant School from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire all submitted the name Paradice which combines the word Paralympic with the first letter of each of the Paralympic values; Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. The name is also designed to conjure up a feeling of relaxation which is inspired by the design of the orchard at Mandeville Place where visitors will be able to sit beneath a spectacular fruiting canopy and enjoy breath-taking views of the iconic London 2012 venues. The panel added ‘Gold’ to reflect the success of the Paralympians at the Games.

Schools up and down the country embraced the competition to name the new apple with many taking part in lessons and workshops to learn about the process of creating apples and the history of the Paralympic movement. The judging panel, which included Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings, former Paralympic runner Danny Crates and local young and disabled people, were treated to many great name suggestions but Paradice Gold ultimately triumphed. 

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, member of the apple naming judging panel, said: “There were so many great apple names submitted and it was such a hard decision to pick a winner. Paradice Gold represents the legacy of the Games and the values of the Paralympics as well as the tranquillity that Mandeville Place will bring to the Park. I can’t wait to visit in the spring to see people enjoying a little bite of Paradice.”

Mandeville Place will open in spring 2015 and visitors will be encouraged to pick the apples and other fruit to enjoy whilst relaxing in the orchard. The new variety of apple is only the third to have been created for London in the past 50 years and it will not only grow in the new area of the Park but also in the schools of the children who picked the winning name. 

Following the naming of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a commitment was made by the London Legacy Development Corporation, the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association to ensure that the huge impact of the London 2012 Paralympic Games was not forgotten. Named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, Mandeville Place has been designed to recognise the values and people that made the Games a success. 

Working with local disabled people, Churchman Landscape Architects and Studio Weave have taken inspiration from the use of the apple in the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening ceremony to bring together apple and other fruit trees with man-made elements to create a growing pavilion that incorporates elements from the original Athletes Village Paralympic Wall. Fruit trees native to the homes of the ParalympicsGB gold medallists from London 2012 will be planted and carved into the ground will be the Paralympic values as well as Professor Stephen Hawking’s memorable quote from the Opening Ceremony - ‘Don’t look down at your feet, look up at the sky; be curious’.

The sporting excellence and community spirit showcased at London 2012 has inspired the Legacy Corporation to develop a £5.5million Paralympic Legacy Programme. Visitors to the Park are encouraged to take part in local disability sports programmes, such as Motivate East, and enjoy world-class Paralympic events, such as the annual National Paralympic Day. The Legacy Corporation is also working hard to ensure the very highest Inclusive Design Standards are applied to all of the Park’s venues and new neighbourhoods.

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Notes to Editors
London’s newest visitor destination, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is a place unlike any other. Visitors to the Park are able to enjoy beautiful parklands and waterways, world-famous sporting venues, arts and events and spectacular views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit. As a new heart for east London, the Park will also provide new homes, jobs and a cultural and education quarter.

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

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The judging panel included Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings, former Paralympic sprinter Danny Crates members of the British Paralympic Association, representatives of the Urban Orchard project and local young and disabled people.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE is a Board Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation and a Patron of the British Paralympic Association.

The national schools competition to name a new variety of apple was run through the Get Set schools network that was set up during the London 2012 Games and is the British Paralympic Association’s official youth engagement platform. The Mandeville Place competition forms part of the ‘Road to Rio’ activities that are being delivered now that the next Games are less than two years away.