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Princess Royal opens ‘Paralympic Grove’

The Princess Royal is Patron of the Woodland Trust Jubilee project.

The Princess Royal is Patron of the Woodland Trust Jubilee project.

The Princess Royal attended the official opening of the ‘Paralympic Grove’ sponsored by Sainsbury’s in the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood in Leicestershire.

The grove is part of Sainsbury’s commitment to the Woodland Trust in planting over a million trees, and achieving a fundraising goal of £1.5 million for the Woodland Trust Jubilee Woods project.

The Woodland Trust Jubilee project, of which Princess Anne is Patron, set a goal to plant 6 million trees to honour Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Anne planted the 6 millionth tree along with Prime Minister David Cameron this past March in Chelsea.

The Paralympic Grove is a tribute to team GB’s Paralympic athletes who participated in London’s 2012 Paralympic Games.

The grove contains 300 trees that are native to Britain, 120 of which are oak.

In attendance with Princess Anne were Sainsbury’s Active Kids ambassador, Ellie Simmons OBE, the CEO of Sainsbury’s, Justin King, as well as employees.

“I’m delighted to plant a tree here today to mark the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games,” commented Simmons via Sainsbury’s.

“Today is a proud moment for Sainsbury’s and our partnership with the Woodland Trust. Together, we’ve created something that leaves a living and lasting asset for future generations,” CEO Justin King commented.

The Woodland Trust was established in 1972. There are over 1,000 woodlands that the Trust cares for which covers over 20,000 hectares.

The Woodland Jubilee Trust has planted over 5,000 hectares according to their website.

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