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Olympic work begins on Greenwich park

PUBLISHED: 15:29 12 August 2010

ROYAL: Work has already started in the park to get it ready for the Olympic Games in 2012.

ROYAL: Work has already started in the park to get it ready for the Olympic Games in 2012.

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Work has got under way this week on the controversial Olympic Equestrian venue in a Royal park.

Irrigation, mowing, filling of hollows, removal of stones started at Greenwich park on Monday to prepare for the 2012 games.

This comes after Greenwich council granted planning permission to the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) in March (2010) for both the test event in early July next year and the Olympic Games in 2012. This was despite opposition from some residents’ groups in the town.

The route of the Cross Country course will be marked out this month to clearly identify the course for ground preparation work. The work itself will improve the condition of the grass for the route of the Cross Country course, which involves reducing the hardness of the ground, and ensuring the grass is sufficiently watered.

Temporary artificial grass tuft markers will be used which will remain in place until the course is visible when they will be carefully removed. Enhancement works to increase areas of acid grassland elsewhere in the park will also begin, as part of the LOCOG-funded restoration programme. This will result in an increase in the quality of acid grassland, once re-instatement works are complete.

Much of the work is similar to that which is carried out by The Royal Parks and their contractors on a regular basis in Greenwich Park throughout the year such as mowing, slitting of the ground to aerate the soil, and selected watering.

Because of the dry summer, for the first few weeks, the park will be watered daily.

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