Seven life size sheep, which formed part of a farm themed Olympic Equestrian jump, have been installed in the Greenwich Park Playground, along with a wooden trailer and tractor. The sheep came from a jump that featured on the Cross Country course, part of the Eventing competition where Team GB won a silver medal. The hand carved oak sheep each measure over a metre in length and young children can enjoy interacting and playing with them.
Graham Dear, Park Manager of Greenwich Park for The Royal Parks said: "The Olympic Equestrian events in Greenwich Park were fantastic and these beautiful wooden sheep will be a great reminder of what a remarkable summer it's been. The much loved Greenwich Park Playground is already very popular, however this new equipment is a great addition and already proving to be a big hit."
Jeremy Edwards, Greenwich Park Venue Manager for LOCOG, said: "Greenwich Park was one of the most stunning venues during the Games and we thank residents and Park users for their support. We are working hard to reinstate the Park and believe that its overall condition will be improved. The wooden carved sheep in the Playground will be a lasting legacy and a testament to the unique role Greenwich Park played in the London 2012 Games."
John Bryant, Chairman of The London Marathon Charitable Trust said: "We are delighted to be able to be part of this project. We are particularly pleased to help the community in Greenwich which, every year, gives the London Marathon such great support. Our mission for the past 30 years has been to help more people in the Capital take more exercise and these great improvements to the Greenwich Park Playground will enable current and future generations of children to enjoy extra outdoor facilities."
The playground, situated in the north of the park, was extensively refurbished in spring 2012. The improvements, which included new planting and play equipment, were funded through a partnership between The Royal Parks, The London Marathon Trust and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).