Richmond Council and The Royal Parks will welcome Her Majesty The Queen to 'Wild London', a specially commissioned, free community event, celebrating London's woodlands, parks and gardens. It will be held in the borough's finest open space - Richmond Park, on 15 May 2012.
'Wild London', Her Majesty's first official visit to the borough in 23 years, will pay tribute to The Queen's six decades on the throne and celebrate the important role of borough's parks and gardens in bringing people closer to nature.
The event will showcase the conservational, recreational and inspirational role of London's iconic green spaces. As one of the biggest events in the borough over the Jubilee period, residents are encouraged to volunteer in advance and to assist with running the event, making it a day fit for a Queen.
The Royal couple and visitors to 'Wild London', will be shown hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, public displays and music performances from environmental organisations, community groups and schools around the borough. They will also be treated to a specially commissioned performance from the Royal Ballet School, based in Richmond Park.
Linda Lennon CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Parks, added:
"The Diamond Jubilee Wild London event will be a fantastic opportunity for thousands of people to show their affection for The Queen and her remarkable six decades as monarch in a majestic Royal Park. It is going to be a wonderful family event, full of exciting and varied attractions.
"There is a long history of Royal celebrations taking place in the Royal Parks and this event will be the first of a series of Diamond Jubilee events we are hosting. These will culminate on Tuesday 5 June when The Queen travels through St James's Park along The Mall, as part of the official procession."
Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
"Across the borough, residents and community groups are excitedly preparing for the visit on 15 May. We are all greatly honoured that Richmond upon Thames is one of only a handful of London boroughs The Queen will visit to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
"It promises to be a momentous day. It will be an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation to The Queen and to share in the celebrations and commemorate Her extraordinary reign.
"It is very fitting that we hold our borough-wide celebration in one of our Royal Parks and we would like as many people as possible to volunteer throughout the day. So if you are a Sea Scout, Air Cadet or just an enthusiastic resident who wants to be part of an exciting and momentous event, please apply now."
To apply to be a volunteer, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are required for a number of duties from 9am-6pm on the day. Volunteers will work in shifts and there will be refreshments and a break out area available.