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Alistair McGowan Top of the Bill for Comedy Wood

Thursday, 14th February 2013

Alistair McGowan planting the first tree in Comedy Wood

Headline act comedian and actor Alistair McGowan planted the first tree in Comedy Wood, a new woodland in The National Forest, outside Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire, this week.

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has worked with the National Forest Company to raise funds to create this new woodland, encouraging performers, promoters, venues and audiences to ‘go green’ as they see the funny side of life.

Alistair McGowan, famous for the hit TV series The Big Impression, has never owned a car and is a keen environmentalist. He planted an oak tree - then a rowan, then a silver birch - to raise the curtain on the creation of a new hectare of broadleaf woodland at the Forestry Commission’s Hicks Lodge. The woodland will open onto a natural glade.

Geoff Rowe, Director of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, said: “We’ve been working for a number of years on various projects designed to encourage the comedy industry to become more environmentally sustainable. We aim to promote responsible attitudes towards the environment and lower the carbon footprint of comedy events. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is leading the way to inspire the comedy industry to work sustainably and think about the environmental impact of their work and Comedy Wood is a great signal of the work we lead on.”

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, said: “We are delighted to have this partnership with the lively comedy scene in Leicester and across the UK. Working with Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has enabled us to create a new woodland, transforming a former colliery site into a wildlife haven. Trees, fresh air and a walk in the woods are guaranteed to make everyone smile.”

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