Olympic Legacy Garden, Piccadilly, London
Completed 2012: Olympic legacy garden at the historic St James’s church, Piccadilly sponsored by UPS for London 2012.
In late 2010 we won a design competition to create a scheme to rejuvenate this large central London public space. With the help of volunteers to carry out the planting, including Olympic athletes, the garden was completed in time for the games and is open to the public all year round.
Here’s a link to the Westminster Chronicle who covered the day that the athletes joined in.
In March to April the white Narcissus were in full bloom, looked magnificent and attracted many more of the public into the garden than before. The new planting scheme allows much more light through the garden and reduces hiding spaces in the undergrowth. There is also more biodiversity of plant species now with a reduction in large evergreen shrubs and the garden is therefore much more invertebrate friendly, with lots of flowers attracting pollinating insects.
We specified a more shade and drought tolerant turf for the central area, in place of a very tired looking lawn. Also the London Plane trees were also crown lifted and reduced to give more light to help the grass grow and allow the public to enjoy the picnic space more.
Contractors – Landform Consultants