The trees originated from acorns from an oak planted in 1890 during the visit of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, to the Wenlock Olympian Games. The trees have been planted to form a ‘ribbon’ linking Much Wenlock with the Olympic Park. As part of the ribbon, the College was selected to plant a Coubertin Oak of its own in April and the young tree stands at the College’s Enfield Centre.
Chris Collins, Blue Peter gardener, said: "The Olympic Park is a demonstration of regeneration on a mass scale. The addition of the final Coubertin Oak trees remind us of the legacy that trees create, they will outlive us all and continue to bring enjoyment for many generations to come.”
Travel and Tourism Level 3 learner Squipe Ceka (pictured right) and Work Skills learner Vasile (left) were thrilled to get to get an inside view of the Olympic Park ahead of the Games.
Squipe said: “I was fascinated to find out more about the scale of the Olympic project and how much planning has gone into it. I’m really looking forward to the Games and I hope to attend as many events as possible.
Vasile said: “I helped plant our Coubertin Oak at College and I was pleased to see that it was part of a much bigger project with many other students taking part.”
The students were also invited for a tour of the athlete’s village, to see inside the apartments and visit ‘the green lung’ of the Village which is based on a typical British village green.
Jane O’Neill, Vice Principal Curriculum and Learner Experience said: “We were delighted to be invited to take part in the Coubertin Oak tree planting project. The Games may only come to London once in our lifetimes, so we’ve done everything possible to get our learners involved.
Also, as part of the Get Set Network, the College has been allocated 503 tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.