Last updated on Jan 15th, 2021 at 03:52 pm

The Olympics spirit isnâ??t gold, it’s green! In honour of the 2012 Olympic Games, a polluted industrial site along the banks of the Waterworks River was transformed into the largest green urban park in Britain.
It took seven years to complete the 2012 Gardens. The urban park rejuvenation project included the washing of two million tons of contaminated soil, the cleaning of 5km of riverbanks and the planting of six thousand and two hundred trees!
The 2012 Gardens have been divided into four zones representing Europe, North American, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere. The South Hemisphere section of the garden was inspired by the South African Drakensberg range and includes South African plants. The plants were selected for their beauty, durability and ability to increase biodiversity in London by attracting bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and other species.
After the Olympic Games, the2012 Gardens will be taken over by the London Legacy Development Corporation, the organisation responsible for all Olympic Gamesâ?? facilities after the event. And, while some of planting areas will be adapted, the 2012 Gardens will hopefully be a carbon absorbing green space, Londoners and tourists will be able to enjoy for years to come! 

Sources: 2012 Gardens and Treehugger