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The National Forest: Raising More than the Curtain with the Leicester Comedy Festival

Tuesday, 10th February 2009

The National Forest: Raising More than the Curtain with the Leicester Comedy Festival

The National Forest has teamed up with Leicester Comedy Festival to invite performers, venues, sponsors and audiences to create Comedy Wood.  Playing for more than just laughs, the Comedy Wood campaign is part of an initiative to ‘green up’ the Festival, and organisers hope to create a new wood within the 200 square miles of The National Forest.

The Festival runs from 6 – 15 February and in this, its 16th year, Director Geoff Rowe wanted to consider ways in which the event could lower its carbon emissions.  Geoff said: “It’s great that we can work together with our partners at The National Forest to launch the Comedy Wood.  This is a long term project and one which we hope comedians and acts will want to contribute towards.  The festival is keen to consider ways in which we can reduce our negative impact on the environment and the Comedy Wood is a major part of this.”

Lynne Richards. Head of Fundraising for the National Forest Company said:  “There’s a lot of synergy between our organisations:  we love what we do and we really care about the environment. So this is a perfect opportunity to work together to create something quite amazing.” 

The organisers are inviting everyone to help get Comedy Wood off the ground. Contributions to Comedy Wood are made through The National Forest plantatree scheme and in addition to receiving a personalised certificate to record the gift (£25 per tree, which reflects the true cost of buying and maintaining the woodland in the future), purchasers are invited to a special event to get down and dirty and plant the tiny oak, ash or birch tree themselves.

Comedy Wood will be planted within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, which spans parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.  The Forest will eventually join the ancient woodlands of Charnwood in the east and Needwood in the West, in a mosaic of woodland, farmland, open space, towns, villages and industrial areas.