Wild Woods Weller
Paul Weller has completed a summer run of Forest Live dates with a performance in Cannock Chase Forest, Staffs. Forest Live is an annual concert series promoted by the Forestry England where an eclectic mix of artists perform in spectacular woodland locations across the country. Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.
Paul has been a real ambassador for the series, making his Forest Live debut at five venues in 2004 and subsequently returning three times to each of the seven forests that have since formed part of the tour. In recognition of generating over 145000 tickets sales to see Paul perform over the years, Forestry England presented him with a commemorative inscription carved out of oak burr taken from Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the Forest Live venues.
Commenting on the presentation, Paul Weller said, “It’s an honour to receive this plaque. I’ve loved playing the forest shows; the settings and crowds are always fantastic. Thanks to David Barrow and Forestry England for looking after us so well. Nice one!”
For Forestry England, Simon Hough, Event Manager, added “As our No 1 selling artist, we are extremely grateful to Paul for the massive contribution he has made over the years in his commitment to be a part of Forest Live and this is reflected in the continual popularity of his performances by a very loyal fan base.”
Notes to editor
1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/forestry-commission
2. The nations’ forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission. www.forestryengland.uk
3. Twenty-four million people currently visit the nation’s forests every year, with 99.6% of England’s population living within 1 hour’s drive of a Forestry Commission wood or forest.
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