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App for Olympic Park’s 2012 Gardens Launched

by Rhiannon James

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Planting at the London 2012 Olympic Park

When they’re not watching sporting history in the making, visitors to the Olympic Park during the Paralympics and spectators at home can get a free guided tour around its 2012 Gardens, thanks to the launch of a new app.

GPS-enabled, the app guides visitors through the gardens’ four climatic zones: Europe, North America, the southern hemisphere and Asia, which represent a timeline of Britain’s plant-hunting heritage.

There is information on the plant communities of each zone – the European Garden, for example, is inspired by hay meadows – a photo gallery and interviews with the gardens’ designers: James Hitchmough, Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price.

The app was commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority and the potential to develop it into a park-wide educational tool for use after the Games is currently being discussed.

It can be downloaded from the Apple Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2012-gardens/id542187942?mt=8 and the Android Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.putitout.RAAGARDEN

If want to find out more about all the gardens at the Olympic Park click here.

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