The pink and purple will see green today as the Mayor's Team London Ambassadors are welcomed to their new home for the next seven weeks in London's iconic Hyde Park and Green Park.
The Royal Parks is thrilled to be hosting two Ambassadors Pods in the stunning parks from tomorrow, 21 July through to 9 September.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has recruited an 8,000-strong army of Ambassadors to help visitors make the most of their time in the capital during the Games.
Friendly and knowledgeable Ambassadors will be on-hand to offer visitors a warm welcome to London and The Royal Parks, and will assist with a wide range of inquiries from getting around to finding hidden gems.
Among the hundreds of Team London Ambassadors to work in the parks this summer will be 15 Royal Parks Volunteers who have undergone the training program, including Nick Lane from Stratford.
Nick, who works as an education and community engagement officer with The Royal Parks, said that he cannot wait to share his intimate knowledge of the parks with visitors from across the globe.
"I've worked with The Royal Parks for the past eight years and am still blown away by the incredible history of each of the eight parks and the hidden stories waiting to be discovered in each. I love London, I love the Olympics and I love The Royal Parks - when I saw the opportunity to volunteer as a Team London Ambassador I jumped at the chance. I am most looking forward to meeting people from across the world that are here to share in the London 2012 Games experience and help them get the most out of their visit."
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
"The stunning leafy beauty of London's iconic Royal Parks will be a huge attraction to hundreds of thousands of visitors during the Games. Our Team London Ambassadors based in the parks will play a vital role in giving a warm reception to our guests, helping them find their way round the capital demonstrating that London really is the best big city in the world."
The Royal Parks Chief Executive, Linda Lennon CBE, said:
"Team London Ambassadors are a welcome addition to The Royal Parks this summer and there is no doubt these volunteers will enhance the experience of visitors as they explore our stunning parks and London."
The Hyde Park Ambassador Pod is located at Speakers Corner, near Marble Arch Tube Station, and Green Park's Pod is at the north end of the park near Green Park Tube Station.
For further information about The Royal Parks, please contact Anna Erbrederis, Press Officer for London 2012 Games, 0300 061 2082 or 07837 350 734, AErbrederis@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk
Notes for Editors
About Team London Ambassadors
Who are Team London Ambassadors? Approximately 8,000 dedicated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who are the face of today's London and come from a range of backgrounds and communities.
What will they do? They will welcome the world to London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, providing advice and guidance to visitors and Londoners as people move around the city at Games time. They will volunteer for a maximum of five hours per shift and up to six consecutive days.
Where will they be based? Around London at one of 43 visitor locations including landmarks, visitor hot spots, travel hubs and big screen live sites - examples are Heathrow Airport, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and Wimbledon.
Uniform - includes a polo t-shirt, trousers, jacket and bag and a classic British trilby hat.
About The Royal Parks and the 2012 Olympics
The Royal Parks, which manages eight Royal Parks including Hyde Park, will play a central role in helping to deliver a successful London 2012 Games. In addition to hosting BT London Live Hyde Park, the largest Live Site in London, 11 Olympic and Paralympic events will take place across six Royal Parks. These events include the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming competitions in Hyde Park, the Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events in Greenwich Park and within St James' Park, the Beach Volleyball competition on Horse Guards Parade and the Road Race events on The Mall.
Almost 40 million Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London. The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk or sign up at www.facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon.