Taking inspiration from the use of apples in the 2012 Opening Ceremony, Mandeville Place features a stunning orchard. Working with local disabled people, Churchman Landscape Architects and Studio Weave, the area brings together apple and other fruit trees with man-made elements, such as a pavilion made from the original Athletes Village Paralympic Wall. You can read more about it at the Urban Orchard Project's blog, here.
Fruit trees native to the homes of the 34 ParalympicsGB gold medallists from London 2012 have been planted and carved into the ground are the Paralympic values of Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality 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’.
What’s in a name?
A national schools competition was launched on National Apple Day, 21st October, 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 in UK 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.
The winning name, 'Paradice Gold', was submitted by three separate schools and combines the word Paralympic with the first letter of each of the Paralympic values; Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality.