VIDEO: Comedian Alistair McGowan plants the first tree of 'Comedy Wood' in Ashby de la Zouch
Impressionist Alistair McGowan turned his hand to gardening today as the curtain was raised on a new hectare of woodland near Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
The comedian, made famous for his hit TV show, The Big Impression, had the honour of planting the first tree in, what will be called, Comedy Wood.
Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has been working closely with the National Forest Company to encourage performers, promoters, venues and audiences to ‘go green’ as they see the funny side of life.
Alistair McGowan, the festivals headline act, is a keen environmentalist and he was on hand to pick up a spade and plant the wood’s first tree.
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He realises that every industry needs to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter what sector you may find yourself working in.
He said: “I’m very keen and happy to be a part of it because we’ve all got to start doing our bit, so if we can start something here, then, it is for the better.”
The new woodland will see a former colliery yard transform into a wildlife haven made up of oak, birch, rowan and hazel trees based at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre in Leicestershire.
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.”