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Talented gardeners at The Royal Parks, keen to show support for Team GB have planted two eye-catching Union Jack flower beds with more than 1000 flowers, in the world famous Avenue Gardens in The Regent’s Park.

This summer The Royal Parks is hosting 11 events across six parks, which means athletes from all over the globe will be joining us- from the Triathlon and 10 km Marathon Swimming Competitions in Hyde Park, the Modern Pentathlon and Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian events in Greenwich Park, Cycling Road Race events passing through Richmond Park and Bushy Park and the Beach Volleyball at Horse Guard’s Parade Ground in St James’s Park.

Mark Bridger, Assistant Park Manager at The Regent’s Park and his team decided to plant the exhibit to pay tribute to all the incredible athletes who have worked so hard to be selected for Team GB and also to welcome visitors from far and wide to the park and London 2012.

"The Royal Parks are very proud to be such an important part of the London 2012 Games. The Regent’s Park, though not a host venue like some of our sister parks, wanted to reflect this exciting summer. When one of the team, Martin Moore, inspired by Team GB came up with the floral Union Jack design, we went with it." said Mark.

"The red, white and blue display is made up of Lobelias, Salvia, Begonias, Heuchaeras and Verbenas. We are completely behind the team and when the pressure of international competition is over we hope athletes visit the park for some well earned relaxation."

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Notes

Please contact The Royal Parks Press Office to arrange photo opportunity of the Union Jack flowerbeds. Alternatively contact TRP press office if you would like an existing image.

Tel: 0300 061 2082
Email: 2012press@royalparks.gsi.uk

London 2012 Discovery Trails in The Regent’s Park

The beautiful Regents Park is part of the Greater London Authority’s initiative to get everyone active whilst discovering London. Six ‘Discovery Trails’ have been created across London. The Regent’s Park is the Green Trail; a 3.7km stroll through some of the most picturesque areas of the Park, guided by Giant London 2012 mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville. Contact The Royal Parks press office to find out more.

About The Royal Parks and the London 2012 Games

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.

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