Ben Ru­bin Moberg de­signs a gar­den for the Lon­don Olympics

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WATCH OUT Alan Titch­marsh. Eleven-year-old Ben Ru­bin Moberg has made it through to the fi­nals of the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s Great Bri­tish Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion. If suc­cess­ful, he will help de­sign a gar­den that will sit within the new Olympic Park in east Lon­don.

Ben, who lives in Sur­rey and at­tends Reigate School, is one of six youngsters to be se­lected for the con­test — a joint ven­ture be­tween Lon­don 2012 and the RHS. En­trants were asked to cre­ate a gar­den de­sign ac­com­pa­nied with a short ex­pla­na­tion.

Ben tells Peo­ple: “The aim of my gar­den is to have fun. There is an area for chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and ar­eas where older peo­ple can re­lax or walk through the gar­den and look at the flow­ers. I made dif­fer­ent benches and one in the shape of a ca­noe boat made of plas­tic and metal with a seat in­side.” Other bench de­signs in­clude a run­ning shoe, a weightlift­ing bench and a bi­cy­cle. Ben, whose favourite sub­ject at school is de­sign and tech­nol­ogy, says the com­pe­ti­tion was some­thing nice to do dur­ing his sum­mer hol­i­days. “I like draw­ing a lot and it would be nice to be a de­signer.” He also skate­boards, en­joys na­ture, plays the pi­ano and be­longs to a South Ameri- can-style steel pan band. He hopes to go to the Ko­tel next year to do his barmitzvah. Ben’s de­sign is fea­tured on the com­pe­ti­tion web­site, which is open for pub­lic vot­ing un­til Oc­to­ber 30. View it at

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