Games blooms made in Sheffield

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FIELDS of gold are set to bloom this summer around the Olympic Stadium in London – thanks to help from Sheffield University professor Nigel Dunnett.

Nigel, an international wildflower expert, has spent two years of trials and research to create the UK’s largest ever man-made wildflower meadows.

The riverbank meadows of bee-friendly cornflowers, marigolds, Californian poppies and prairie flowers have been designed to flower late.

They will bloom gold just in time for the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

The sowing of the last of more than 10 football fields’ worth of nectar-rich wildflower meadows marks the final preparations of the gardens, lawns, woodlands and wetlands.

They will provide a colourful setting for the Games and become a new park for people and wildlife for generations to come.

Professor Dunnett said: “After years of preparation and two practice runs we have sown the final meadows that will run like a ribbon of gold around the Olympic Stadium.

“In just a few weeks visitors to the Olympic Park and TV viewers will see areas of flat mud transformed into waist-high wildflower meadows buzzing with bees and butterflies.

The bulk of the planting was completed in the autumn.