Boris Johnson planted the final tree in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s new orchard today (May 27).
The plot is made up of 55 new fruit trees, including one for each of the gold medal winners at the London 2012 Paralympic games.
The Mayor of London was joined by Paralympic gold medallist Jessica-Jane Applegate, who has a Norfolk Beefing apple tree planted in her honour.
The orchard, designed in partnership with the Urban Orchard Project, is named Mandeville place, after Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.
Among the fruit trees is apple tree Paradice Gold, which will join the 13,400 trees already planted across the 15 acres of green space at the park.
Paralympic gold medallist, Jessica-Jane Applegate said: “I’m so excited to be back at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and help open Mandeville Place.
"It will be a lovely spot to sit and relax during the summer, and to remind us of the incredible Paralympic Games.
"I’m especially looking forward to biting into a Paradice Gold apple- a new variety of apple grown especially for the orchard.”
Mr Johnson said: “The trees in this new orchard, which will soon be laden with fruit, encapsulate the spirit of the greatest Paralympic Games ever.
"I for one can’t wait to savour the first Olympic Park apple and Mandeville Place is a most welcome addition to the thousands of trees and acres of green open space that make up this fantastic park.
"I hope as many people as possible get to enjoy London Tree Week events and celebrate one of the leafiest and greenest cities in Europe.”
Additional fruit trees that have been planted in honour of Paralympians include:
- Merton Pride pear, in honour of six times gold medallist David Weir CBE
- Merryweather Damson plum tree for 2012 gold medallist Richard Whitehead CBE
- Storey’s Seedling apple tree in honour of 11-time gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey DBE
- Catshead cooking apple celebrating four times champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds OBE