London 2012 Olympic Equestrian Events to Tread Lightly on Land

Not one tree will be removed from London's oldest Royal Park, the 183-acre Greenwich Park, in converting the space to the site of the 2012 Olympic equestrian and pentathlon events, said Tim Hadaway, equestrian manager for the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

The stables, stadium, and cross-country course for the eventing competition will be constructed so as to produce no long-term impact on the park, which is beloved for its hilltop setting with views across the River Thames to St. Paul's Cathedral and beyond. LOCOG is working with various environmental and other agencies to help ensure that the Olympics tread lightly on the park land, Hadaway stated in a July 3 London 2012 blog entry.

Greenwich Park dates to 1433 and has been a World Heritage Site since 1997, according to, the official site of the London Games. It is home to the Old Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum. It's also the location of the Royal Observatory--and at Longitude 0 degrees, Greenwich Mean Time.

Watch a video of Hadaway conducting a mini-tour of the Greenwich Park site and explaining LOCOG's eco-friendly planning approach.  

The 2012 Olympic Games will be held July 27-Aug. 12, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games, Aug. 29-Sept. 9.

About the Author

Jennifer O. Bryant

Jennifer O. Bryant is editor-at-large of the U.S. Dressage Federation's magazine, USDF Connection. An independent writer and editor, Bryant contributes to many equestrian publications, has edited numerous books, and authored Olympic Equestrian. More information about Jennifer can be found on her site,

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