About Forest

Our supporters

Gone but not forgotten ...

Forest is proud to have been supported by the late, great Auberon Waugh, fellow journalist Jeffrey Bernard who wrote the foreword to The Forest Guide to Smoking in London (1997), and Trevor Bayliss OBE, inventor of the clockwork radio, who was a popular presence at many Forest events before his death in March 2018.

Supporters currently include:

Antony Worrall Thompson (celebrity chef)
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antony Worrall Thompson is patron of Forest. Antony is no mere figurehead. He has often given interviews on our behalf at all times of the day, whether it be GMTV, Channel 4 News or the World Service. He has also hosted Forest events at The Groucho Club in Soho (where he is a member) and The Savoy Hotel in London.

David Hockney (artist)

Britain's finest living artist first attended a private Forest dinner in 2004. Afterwards he described it as a "life-enhancing experience". The following year he attended the Forest Annual Awards at The Groucho Club and spoke at a Forest event at the Labour party conference in Brighton where he was headline news.

Joe Jackson (musician)
Joe Jackson lived in New York for 20 years until 2003 when the smoking ban was one of several factors that drove him back to Britain. Discovering Forest was, he wrote, like finding "a light in the darkness". Since then Joe has written an acclaimed essay (The Smoking Issue), several articles for national newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, and given numerous interviews on the subject of smoking bans.

Ronald Harwood (playwright)
Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood attracted our attention in 2005 when, angered by the public smoking ban in Winnipeg, Canada, he withdrew from a production of his play. He subsequently attended a private Forest dinner and has been a loyal ally ever since.

Ranald Macdonald (restaurateur)
Managing director of Boisdale Bars and Restaurants in London, Ranald is the son of a clan chief. A highly successful businessman, he enjoys good food, fine wine - and tobacco. In addition to giving a number of media interviews, Ranald has helped organise several Forest events including our Politics & Prohibition reception at the 2006 Conservative party conference (where he was "arrested" for encouraging guests to enjoy themselves) and parties at Boisdale to mark the publication of Scared To Death by Christopher Booker and Richard North, and Forest's 35th anniversary in 2014. In 2019 Ranald co-hosted Forest's 40th anniversary dinner at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.

Over the years we have also received words of support from artist Maggi Hambling and the late Felix Dennis (magazine publisher).

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Our Supporters

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"Tobacco is not an illegal substance yet the government is persecuting a minority. I think that's a disgrace in a social democracy."

Sir Ronald Harwood,
Playwright and screenwriter

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