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New videos from The Royal Parks reveal behind-the-scenes preparations for the Royal Wedding

The Royal Parks has today released two new videos on its official YouTube channel, which offer an insight into work being carried out by The Royal Parks in the run-up to the Royal Wedding on 29 April.

Green Park and St James's Park will feature prominently on the Royal Wedding procession route, which passes many of the parks' most iconic sites, including the Memorial Gardens (opposite Buckingham Palace), The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.

The videos feature beautiful footage of these iconic sites, as well as interviews with staff from Green Park and St James's Park, talking about their work to ensure the parks and procession route look their best on the day.

In a video on the Royal Wedding procession route, Mark Wasilewski (Manager of St James's Park and Green Park) gives a guided tour of the procession route and shares his expectations for the day. A video on the Memorial Gardens sees Graham Hartley (Assistant Manager of St James's Park and Green Park) share his tips on tending to the plants opposite Buckingham Palace.

Mark Wasilewski, Manager of St James's Park and Green Park, said:

"The whole team is absolutely privileged, as well as delighted, to be involved in such a wonderful occasion. Our role on the day is to make the parks and procession route look their best. We hope to encourage visitors to stop and savour the whole day in the Royal Parks. The atmosphere is going to be tremendous."

For viewers inspired by the Memorial Gardens video, The Royal Parks, in association with leading gardening website Crocus, has launched a new website which gives gardening enthusiasts the opportunity to recreate the magic of London's eight Royal Parks in their own back garden. The site offers fresh inspiration and advice from The Royal Parks' expert team of horticulturists, as well as the opportunity to buy plants and bulbs as seen in London's eight Royal Parks. In addition, 15 per cent of every purchase made through the website will go towards supporting the Parks, for the enjoyment of future generations.

To view videos on The Royal Parks and the Royal Wedding, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/user/THEROYALPARKS

To buy plants and bulbs as seen in the Royal Parks, visit: http://www.crocus.co.uk/html/royalparks/index.html

Media enquiries:

For further information or images please contact:
The Royal Parks Press Office on 0300 061 2128 or email press@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

About the Royal Wedding procession route

  • Approximately half of the Royal Wedding procession route passes along the Royal Parks of Green Park and St James's Park
  • The ceremonial route includes several of the parks' most iconic sites, including the Queen Victoria Memorial, the Memorial Gardens (opposite Buckingham Palace), The Mall, and Horse Guards Parade

About The Royal Parks' role in the Royal Wedding

  • On the day, Royal Parks staff will prepare the part of the ceremonial route that passes along Green Park and St James's Park, removing the road islands and traffic lights along the Mall, and grading and raking the gravel on Horse Guards Parade ground, to ensure they look their best

About the Queen Victoria Memorial

  • The Queen Victoria Memorial and surrounding Memorial Gardens, opposite Buckingham Palace, were officially unveiled in 1911 - this year marks their centenary

About St James's Park and Green Park

  • Horse Guards Parade ground, part of St James's Park, is the setting for a number of ceremonial events, including Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen's official birthday each year. Next year, St James's Park will play an important role in celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
  • In 2012, Horse Guards Parade will host the Beach Volleyball competition during the London 2012 Games
  • The Mall, also part of St James's Park, will host the start and finish of the Olympic Road Cycling, the Olympic and Paralympic Marathon, and the Olympic Race Walk.
  • During spring, there are a million daffodil bulbs in St James's Park
  • Green Park and St James's Park together cover 42 hectares of historic parkland in central London, and each year attract over 12 million visitors

About The Royal Parks:

  • The Royal Parks is an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
  • The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk
  • The Royal Parks has been welcoming visitors for 160 years
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