2012 Olympic Wreath competition

The Plant Champions wreath-making competition is now closed.

Girl smiling wearing wreath

Create a wreath fit for an Olympic champion and you could win the chance to have a photo of your handiwork displayed in London during the Games.

The first ever Olympic Wreath, presented to victors in Ancient Greece, was made from wild olive leaves picked from a sacred tree, by the temple of Zeus. Can you carry on the tradition?

How to enter

This competition is now closed.

  1. Choose at least three different plants that represent Britain, to include in your wreath. At least one of these should carry a conservation message related to the plant’s environmental, economic or cultural significance.
  2. Make your wreath, being as creative as possible with different parts of the plant, such as the flowers, leaves, fruit or twigs. Make sure you don't take too much of any one hedgerow plant, so that it can survive. And don't forget to wash your hands after handling foliage and berries.
  3. Photograph yourself wearing or holding the wreath. Photographs should be large, high-resolution (minimum 300dpi), colour, digital files.
  4. Write down a list of all the plants used in the wreath, including their English and Latin names.
  5. Write a 500-word explanation of how you chose these plants.
  6. Be sure to include one sentence on the conservation message behind one of the selected plants.
  7. Send an email to webteam@edenproject.com by Saturday 31 December 2011, including the photo, plant list, 500-word explanation, one-sentence conservation message, your name and age.

About the competition

  • Eden is running this competition as part of a global competition organised by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).
  • Members of the Eden Project team will pick five top entries that they will then submit to the BGCI global wreath competition.
  • The five entries chosen by the Eden Project will receive certificates and will be contacted by the Eden Project in January 2012.
  • Winners of the global BGCI competition will have their photo displayed in London during the Summer Olympics 2012. They will be announced on the BGCI competition page and contacted by the Eden Project.
Hands making wreath from plants