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A Garden Party to Make A Difference

Start Date:08 Sep 10 End Date:19 Sep 10

The Prince of Wales is joining forces this summer with musicians, comedians, environmental experts and some of Britain's best known companies to create a unique festival in the heart of London. The Prince is opening up his own gardens at Clarence House, together with his neighbours' gardens at Lancaster House and Marlborough House this September.

A Garden Party to Make A Difference, a rare opportunity to visit these historic gardens, will last 12 days, from 8 to 19 September 2010, from 10am to 6pm daily. There will be a timed entry at hourly intervals with final admission at 4pm.

A Garden Party to Make A Difference is an imaginative part of The Prince of Wales's Start initiative, launched in February. The event aims to give people of all ages a fun day out while at the same time, via the exhibits, demonstrating the small steps that can, and are, being taken by all of us, interested in building a more sustainable future.

The Prince of Wales said:

"I am delighted to be able to welcome visitors into my gardens, and those of my immediate neighbours, for this exciting festival. 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."

The 12 day garden party, in the heart of London, will be an intriguing blend of exhibitions, interactive displays, fun activities and live performances throughout the day from comedians, musicians and speakers. Each area of the garden party will be curated by a celebrity champion. These include:

created by Jools Holland
by Jonathan Dimbleby, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Clive Anderson
by Marcus Brigstocke and Hugh Dennis
by Alan Titchmarsh
by Kate Humble
by Roger Saul and Kevin McCloud
by Dame Vivienne Westwood

Sanjeev Bhaskar 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!"

A Garden Party to Make a Difference is being supported by some of the biggest brands and household names, such as Addison Lee, Asda, B&Q, BT Group, EDF Energy, IBM UK and Ireland, M&S, Virgin Money and Waitrose.

IBM will convene a nine day summit, The IBM Summit at Start, for business and industry leaders from 8 to 16 September at Lancaster House. The aim of the summit will be to stimulate discussion on the initiatives that companies can take around economic, environmental and societal sustainability.

Visitors to A Garden Party to Make a Difference will be able to:

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