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.

The winning name will be picked in December 2014 by a panel including Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Directors Bradley Hemmings and Jenny Sealey, former Paralympic sprinter Danny Crates and local young and disabled people.

To enter the competition, visit http://www.getset.co.uk/whole-school/mandeville-place-orchard-schools-competition

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Board Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “I am honoured to have been asked to head the panel of judges that will choose the winning name for a new variety of apple to be grown at Mandeville Place. I can’t wait to see what the country’s schoolchildren suggest. The London 2012 Paralympic Games were one of the most successful Paralympic Games ever and it gives me great pleasure to be able to see it being celebrated through the inclusion of a dedicated space in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I hope local people and tourists will enjoy picking the fruit and taking part in sports activities in the shadows of the trees.”

Amber Alferoff of the Urban Orchard Project, said: “We are thrilled to be involved in the creation and naming of a new apple to recognise the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. It is very rare for a brand new apple to be developed and we’re looking to create a deliciously sweet apple that will appeal to the whole family. The pollination process is complete, the apples are growing and the tasting sessions will be happening very soon. We can’t wait to find out what name the new apple will have and to see it flourish at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

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.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, said: “At London 2012 the Paralympic Games were truly parallel to the Olympics and the British public filled venues to capacity to experience Paralympic sport and to show their support for ParalympicsGB. Mandeville Place will be a place where the public can remember the Paralympic Games and be inspired to go out and achieve their own personal dreams. In particular, I am pleased that there will be an opportunity for schoolchildren to be involved in this new Paralympic project because we know that Paralympians are a great inspiration to young people.”

Working with local disabled people, Churchman Landscape Architects and Studio Weave will 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 34 ParalympicsGB gold medallists from London 2012 will be planted and carved into the ground will be 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’.

Bradley Hemmings and Jenny Sealey, Artistic Directors of the Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, said: “In creating a Ceremony inspired by the theme of “Enlightenment” we always had two interlocking ideas in mind: one was the desire to celebrate the achievements of British science; but we also wanted to tell a universal story about human rights and the continuing struggle for disability rights in particular. Apples were a key image in communicating these ideas, whether as a giant moving object propelled by a wheelchair user, or as an imaginary giant tree of gravity-defying inflatable fruit. It is therefore truly inspiring to see this concept become a permanent part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park through the introduction of the orchard at Mandeville Place and we’re thrilled to be part of the team who will choose the name for the new apple. We can’t wait to come down to the Park, sit in the orchard and crunch on the new apple.”  

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 watch 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 watch world-class Paralympic events, such as the upcoming NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (26-30 November 2014). 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.

    National Schools Competition

    • The national schools competition to name a new variety of apple is being 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.
    • Children can choose any name they like for the new apple variety but they will be encouraged to think of a name that reflects some or all of the following:
      • Reminds us of the inspirational achievements of our Paralympic athletes
      • Celebrates a particular Paralympic athlete, group or team of athletes
      • Tells us something about one, some or all of the Paralympic values of determination, courage, inspiration and equality.
      • Teachers will be provided with resources that will help support the competition entry as well as enable pupils to investigate the history of the Paralympic movement, learn about the science of apple tree growing and work with literacy techniques that will support their creation of a new name.
      • Entries will need to be submitted by 3 December 2014, the International Day of People with Disability.
      • A panel of experts headed by Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Directors Bradley Hemmings and Jenny Sealey will choose the winning name.
      • The winning name will be announced on 10 December 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Day.
      • The winning children will not just have the honour of naming a new variety of apple, their apple will also be grown at their school and in Mandeville Place.

      Mandeville Place Facts

      • Mandeville Place forms a link between the north and south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
      • Accessibility has been fundamental to the development of the scheme.
      • One thousand clear blocks cut from the original Paralympic Wall that was installed in the Athletes Village during London 2012 will be used. Paralympians and supporters were encouraged to sign the wall in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
      • An innovative new version of a traditional tactile map will be installed in Mandeville Place.
      • Fruit trees will be chosen based on species native to the homes of the 34 ParalympicGB gold medallists from London 2012. 
      • Three varieties of Trinity trees will be planted to symbolise the three agitos of the Paralympic logo.
      • Fifty-five new trees, five high level espalier trees and seven traditional espalier trees will be planted in the area.
      • There will be Damsons, Mulberry, Gage, Pear, Cherry and Quince trees.
      • The Urban Orchard Project will support the creation and care of the orchard through the training and support of up to 30 Mandeville Place Orchard Leaders who will water, prune, harvest and celebrate the orchard.
      • After dark, Mandeville Place will be illuminated at various points throughout the orchard.

       

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    Notes to Editors

    About Mandeville Place

    Visitors to Mandeville Place, which is located where the north and south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park meet, will be able to relax beneath a spectacular fruiting canopy and take in breath-taking views of the iconic venues of London 2012 while munching on fresh fruit hand-picked from the trees above them. Children will enjoy playing hide-and-seek in amongst the wildflowers and an innovative new tactile map will provide fascinating facts that can be touched, read or listened to.

    A delicious new variety of apple is being developed by Frank Matthews Trees For Life nursery with the support of the Urban Orchard Project and it will be planted alongside man-made elements including the original Athlete’s Village Paralympic Wall which commemorated the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities.

    An orchard is being introduced to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as, at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, apples were used to explain the vital contribution that science has made to both disabled and non-disabled people, culminating in the audience all biting down on an apple at the same time during the ‘big crunch’.

    About Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    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.

    About the London Legacy Development Corporation

    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.

    For more information visit QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @noordinarypark and like us on Facebook facebook.com/QueenElizabethOlympicPark

    About Motivate East

    Motivate East is delivered by the London Legacy Development Corporation in partnership with Pro-Active East London, UEL, WheelPower and the Bromley-by-Bow Centre. The project is funded by Sport England and the London Legacy Development Corporation with additional funding coming from local boroughs, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and WheelPower.

    Over 16,000 of 26,000 sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people have been delivered to date as part of this project.

    About NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

    Tickets for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters start at just £10 with kids going free. Book now at www.wheelchairtennismasters.com/

    About wheelchair and visually impaired tennis sessions at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

    Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre has launched coached and open play sessions for wheelchair tennis and visually impaired players of all standards. Participants aged 12 and above have the opportunity to play at the world class venue on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which hosted the Wheelchair Tennis event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

    Each two hour session takes place in the indoor courts that are of the same standard as those used in the US Open costs just £4.50. They are led by experienced coaches, supported by the Tennis Foundation and Lawn Tennis Association. Visually impaired tennis sessions run every Wednesday 18:00 to 20:00. There is a sighted guide service to assist players with the journey to and from Leyton Underground Station. Wheelchair tennis sessions take place every Thursday 18:00 to 20:00.

    To find out more and to book your session call 08456 770 604 or visit www.visitleevalley.org.uk/hockeytennis