The Garden Party to Make a Difference in London

Sanjeev Bhaskar, Roger Saul, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Jools Holland and Paloma Faith posed in the pouring rain today to the launch ‘The Garden Party to Make a Difference’ in Clarence House Gardens in London, England.

Here’s the press release from the PA:

The Prince of Wales is to open the gardens of his Clarence House home in London to the public as part of an initiative to encourage people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

Visitors will be able to stroll amongst the manicured lawns and tree-covered open spaces of Charles’s residence and the neighbouring grounds of Lancaster House and Marlborough House and experience a “festival” in the heart of the capital.

The 12-day Garden Party To Make A Difference will be a mix of exhibitions, interactive displays, activities and live performances from comedians, musicians and speakers. The event is part of the Prince’s Start initiative which aims to help people across the UK take small steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Charles, whose own vegetable patch and rose garden will be open to the public, said: “We have a fantastic team of talented curators who are helping us create an event which will, I hope, be both fun and informative.

“This festival is just one way in which Start can help to demonstrate how we can all make a difference, however big or small the steps we take.”

A host of famous faces from the worlds of entertainment and business have backed the initiative, with support or practical help. Jools Holland has created the musical programme, while debate will be handled by Jonathan Dimbleby, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Clive Anderson.

Comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Hugh Dennis will generate thought-provoking laughter while Dame Vivienne Westwood will provide the fashion element and Alan Titchmarsh will cover growing and gardens.

Bhaskar, famed for his role in the hit comedy show the Kumars at No 42, said: “I am very pleased to be involved with Start. Having witnessed creative approaches to sustainability in Africa and India, where in most cases it is an essential part of life, it seems only right that we adopt similar attitudes here.

“Very often this equates not just to common ecological sense but also financial sense too. Start essentially gives us more control over our own lives by giving us fresh (and sometimes forgotten) ways of making our resources go further. Good news for our environment and good news for our pockets.”

The garden party festival runs from September 8 to 19.

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