Sainsbury’s Jubilee Family Festival, Disney, Great British Food and lots of trees!

With just over a month to go until the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations kick off, many families up and down the country are busy planning how they are going to be celebrating this historic event.

One of the hottest tickets around has to be The Jubilee Family Festival presented by Sainsbury’s, a two day fun-filled celebration taking place in London’s Hyde Park and I’m very excited to say, this is where I will be with my family, courtesy of Sainsbury’s.

So what will be going on at the Festival and what am I, the Queen of Easy Green™, most looking forward to seeing.

First of all the Jubilee Family Festival, taking place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, promises to be a fun-filled, family-friendly experience for all ages to enjoy. Boasting a spectacular entertainment programme which includes everything from the nation’s favourite kids television characters, Strictly Come Dancing, death-defying motorcycle displays, the Queen’s Cavalry and Commonwealth-inspired acts from around the world plus an unforgettable finale of a specially produced Disney concert, featuring Disney’s best-loved songs and characters.

As well as the entertainment, there will be food, Great British food, including pies, roasts, pastries, fish and chips, creams teas and not forgetting the traditional British breakfast, which, of course would not be complete without a sunny fried egg.

And that takes my nicely onto the other main reason I am really looking forward to going, Sainsbury’s Woodland Trust showcase.

Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust since 2004, Sainsbury’s will be showcasing it’s ongoing partnership with the Trust and sharing their achievements to date.

One of these achievements is that a staggering 825,000 trees have been planted in the UK so far by 750,000 children through Sainsbury’s Active Kids.

Funded by donations from the sale of their own label organic, free range Woodland eggs, chickens and turkeys, these British native trees have been planted in school grounds, local communities and also at Sainsbury’s farms to reflect the ancient woodland, from orchards to dairy and poultry farms.

More trees on Woodland chicken farms alone have improved the lives of 1.3 million chickens, giving them more space to roam and display natural behaviour.

Support from Sainsbury’s is also helping the Woodland Trust distribute free community tree packs containing 105 or 420 native tree species, these packs come in four themes, each containing a ‘Royal Oak’ sapling grown from acorns collected on Royal estates. They will also be issuing free packs containing 60 hedge or copse tree species, each containing a ‘royal oak’ sapling grown from acorns collected on Royal estates.

The other project that Sainsbury’s will be showcasing is their sponsorship of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project, which aims to plant six million native British trees to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Over a period of fifteen months, Sainsbury’s will be supporting the project and raising £1.5 million for tree planting by:

· Increasing the number of donations made from products in store. Sainsbury’s already donates 1p from every dozen Woodland eggs sold, 2p from Woodland chicken and 10p from Woodland turkeys to the Woodland Trust. This will extend to other products including cereals and everyday household items

· Giving customers the opportunity to make a ‘pledge’ in store to plant a tree to mark the Diamond Jubilee

· Promoting activity through the retailer’s Active Kids scheme, to encourage schools to plant trees

So, as you can see the Jubilee Family Festival is going to be an incredible event, one that I am sure as a family we will never forget. It is also great to know that not only we will be enjoying the celebrations in 2012, but for generations to come the benefits of these tree-planting schemes will be enjoyed, by helping reducing carbon emissions, supporting biodiversity and of course, giving us beautiful place to enjoy nature, relax and share.

Do stay tuned for my live updates from the event, where I will be tweeting photos and audio as it happens. Plus, after the event, I will be sharing my round-up of highlights from the Festival.

Are you going, what are you looking forward to seeing, if you’re not going how will you be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee?

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