The London Olympic Park is the UK’s largest new urban park. 6 million visitors came to the park during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well as remaining a sporting and entertainment venue, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park now caters for a wide range of everyday uses and users. In 2008, myself and my colleague Professor James Hitchmough, were appointed as the principal planting design and horticultural consultants for the London Olympic Park. The Olympic Development Authority wanted to ensure that the park was an expression and a celebration of forward-looking horticulture and design, and a demonstration of what a sustainable and ecologically-orientated park could be. For us, it was an opportunity to apply our planting design ideas, techniques, approaches and concepts across a complete new urban landscape.