Forest tribute to clash star Strummer

Green campaigners are to grow a forest in memory of late Clash frontman Joe Strummer to recognise his environmental efforts.

Green campaigners are to grow a forest in memory of late Clash frontman Joe Strummer to recognise his environmental efforts.

Fans are being asked to donate trees to the project which will be sited on the Isle of Skye.

Strumer – hailed as the man who helped to politicise a generation of music fans in the late seventies – died of a heart attack shortly before Christmas at the age of 50.

Environmental group Future Forests is planting the Joe Strummer Memorial Forest to mark his contribution to getting the group started.

A spokesman said: “Joe absolutely loved forests and trees and helped get Future Forests started. His inspiration and energy backstage at Glastonbury 1996 was the spark that got Future Forests going.”

“Joe said ‘bands must be contributing to global warming by their buses, equipment trucks and the diesel used to power the stages. Can you imagine how much CO2 the pressing and the distribution of a CD creates? What shall we do about it?’.”

Future Forests was set up shortly afterwards and Strummer decided he would have trees planted to offset the amount of carbon dioxide his musical endeavours created.

Other acts who have joined the campaign have included Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Pulp, David Gray and Mel C.

“This is all a legacy to Joe Strummer,” the spokesman added.

The forest will eventually provide a home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including otters, red deer and foxes.

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