FORESTRY ENGLAND presented Paul Weller with a commemorative plaque carved from an oak burr to mark the sale of more than 145,000 tickets for his Forest Live series concerts.
He was presented with the award after completing his latest run of dates, at Cannock Chase Forest (site cap. 6,000).
Weller made his Forest Live debut at the five sites in 2004 and has returnee three times to each of the seven forests that have since formed part of the series.
The concerts are intended to attract more of the public to Britain’s forests and promote sustainability, with any profits used to maintain woodlands.
“As our No 1-selling artiste, 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,” says Forestry England event manager Simon Hough.
DB Event Services’ David Barrow, who handles programming and production for Forest Live, says, ‘No other artiste has returned to the forests so many times. Paul, his band and his team are like one big family and are easy to work with, no airs and graces.”
Other acts to have played forest shows since the series launched in 2002 include Ed Sheeran, Foals, Kasabian, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, The Courteeners, Sam Smith, Robert Plant, Paloma Faith, Little Mix and Westlife.