Britain’s Best Green Joke Competition At Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tony Rollinson
Wednesday, 3rd August 2011

You can win tickets for this year’s Edinburgh Festival simply by submitting your own green joke. Are we having a laugh? Well, read on …

This year the Pleasance Theatre, the biggest venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will accurately measure its environmental footprint and set out a strategy to reduce that impact with help from environmental certification company Planet Positive. The venue will also create a set of guidelines for visiting companies on how they might reduce their footprint. 

To kick start the campaign, the Pleasance team and Planet Positive have launched a competition to find Britain's Best Green Joke. Anyone can enter and all you have to do is upload your offering to 

Each week the best liked jokes will be judged by critic and star of ITV's Show Me the Funny, Kate Copstick. The winners will receive tickets to see some of the world's best comedians and shows at the Festival this summer.

Kate Copstick

With over 20 venues and more than 500,000 people expected to visit Pleasance over 3 weeks, the competition provides a platform to communicate the benefits of sustainability in a fun way. The venue also has a green themed 'Kidzone' where children can use an animated Kids Carbon Calculator and green fortune tellers to help get ideas on how to be greener and create a better way of living.

Here at Permaculture magazine we thought we would have a go at coming up with not just a green joke, but our very own permaculture joke - the best office efforts included this one from Jokin' John Adams: "The only trouble with my permaculture raised beds is that my dog keeps sleeping under them". While Tummy Tickler Tony Rollinson's effort was: "I bought that new book the other day 'The Only Permaculture Book You Will Ever Need ... Two".

We are sure you can do better so if you like to visit the Festival why not have a go and submit a joke yourself, perhaps give it a little permaculture twist as we have above. 

Finally, feel free to email us with your jokes here at the office, using the comments section below, we would love to have a right good laugh.