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Clarence House opens its doors to the public for Summer Garden Party

7th September 2010

Tomorrow morning the gardens of Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales, will be opened to the public for the first time for ‘A Garden Party To Make a Difference’!  The grounds of Lancaster House and Marlborough House will also be opened. The party will run until September 19th and there will be a fantastic range of events including live musicians, comedians, and speakers, all with the aim of encouraging sustainable living.

Facilitator extraordinaire Jonathan Dimbleby will be fresh from Any Questions? and his recent BBC documentary in South Africa to facilitate and chair the debates. Perhaps Jonathan will be able to make use of the advice on hand following his own tricky experiences with his 50ft wind turbine! Having gone to the trouble of having it erected at his Devon home, it is sadly failing to deliver the promised electricity supply, and Jonathan may be in need of some advice...  Jonathan will also be joined by Sanjeev Bhaskar and the after dinner talent that is Clive Anderson, who has been very busy in 2010 with Loose Ends, QI, The Bubble, and This Week.

If you walk along The Mall you will even be able to see some giant wine corks (the world’s largest natural cork sculptures) standing outside the gates of Clarence House – each one has the equivalent volume to 4001 bottles of wine.  The giant corks were recently launched by wine expert Jilly Goolden at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park in support of the I Love Natural Cork Campaign, "For me, there isn't a completely satisfactory alternative to real cork as a wine bottle closure. Cork is entirely natural and environmentally sound, to say nothing of the romance, history and theatre of the cork."

Cooking demonstrations using eco-friendly methods will be on show, and even sewing using recycled materials.  Jools Holland will be creating the musical programme, Alan Titchmarsh will be looking after the ‘Growing and Gardens’ section, and Kevin McCloud and Roger Saul will be looking at ecocars.  Harry Potter actress Emma Watson will also be launching her new eco-clothing collection for Fair Trade label ‘People Tree’ and Dame Vivienne Westwood will be absorbed in the fashion section.

To lighten the weight of environmental stresses and strains, comedian Hugh Dennis – star of Outnumbered and Sport Relief 2010 - will be on hand in the comedy corner. Hugh will also be joined by Ben Elton, Alistair McGowan, and recent star of Spamalot and Have I Got News For You, Marcus Brigstocke.  Even the awards host and TV presenter Kate Humble will be there, focusing on eco-friendly food and the outdoors.

The gardens will be open from 10am-6pm daily so if the environment and garden sunshine relaxation are for you, sit back and enjoy the delights of the royal gardens at this historic event. Maybe even the Queen will pop by for some tea...

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