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On Thursday 5th July, Ambassadors will take part in a series of creative workshops, including a food-growing session and art- and writing-led workshops, aimed at encouraging visions for a sustainable future. The schools will also be given a special tour of the gardens and experience the Prince of Wales' own personal vision of a sustainable environment at Highgrove.

Prince Charles has long been a champion of environmental issues, and last year announced his Presidency of WWF-UK. WWF's Chief Executive David Nussbaum said, We are grateful to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for offering to host today's event. His interest in education and ambition to help young people realise their full potential is matched by the commitment he has shown to the environment over many years.  We are delighted he can be a part of this first Green Ambassadors Summit."

The Prince of Wales will host around seventy children from nine schools from all over the UK - All Saints CofE Primary School, Bishop's Stortford, Alphington Primary School, Exeter, Alwoodley Primary School, Leeds, Brynhyfryd Junior School, Swansea, Edwalton Primary School, Nottingham, St Annes CE Primary School, Bishop Auckland, St Bartholomews Primary School, Haslemere, St Marys RC Primary School, Edinburgh and West Wittering Parochial Primary School, Chichester.

WWF has long recognised the importance of young people and the Green Ambassador scheme is specifically designed to empower, engage and enable young people to take a leadership role whilst developing skills in team work and communication. The 'Champion Schools' were specially chosen by WWF for their commitment to environmental action and willingness to help other schools get involved.

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Notes to Editors:

  • WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.  WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
  • We are very grateful to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for offering to host the first Green Ambassadors Summit at Highgrove. The support of His Royal Highness is an enormous boost to those involved directly with the programme - the young Green Ambassadors, teachers and schools.
  • We are very grateful to BT for supporting the Green Ambassadors Scheme both financially and for the support of their educational volunteers who link up with schools to provide additional on the ground support.

For more information:

  • Robin Clegg, Senior Press Officer WWF-UK, Email: rclegg@wwf.org.uk, Mob: 07771 818797
  • Caroline Shaw, Head of Press WWF-UK, Email: cshaw@wwf.org.uk, Mob: 07970 790902

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