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Protesters Set Up Tree Top Camp outside Leamington Spa Town Hall

Anti-HS2 campaigners have set up a treetop camp outside Leamington Spa’s town hall to mark ‘National Tree Killing Day’. 

A large tree stands between two rounds, A man is in the tree is a makeshift structure. Activists stand at the base of the tree, one holds a sign that reads Stop HS2.
Activists stand near Leamington Spa’s town hall

An activist climbed a tree outside the town hall at 7:30 this morning to mark ‘National Tree Killing Day’.

Today wildlife protections end allowing HS2 Ltd to restart work felling trees to make room for the high-speed rail project HS2. 

The controversial high speed rail project aims to increase rail capacity however activists say the project will cause wide-scale environmental and ecological destruction of ancient woodlands.

Eric, a squatter who joined the HS2 campaign 12 months ago sits in the tree in a makeshift structure, he says;

“National Tree Killing Day is the day, the government has decided it’s okay to start chopping down our ancient forests. that it doesn’t matter for the biodiversity that supports your life and our fields.

This is the day the government has decided genocide is okay.”

Several accient trees.
Crackley Woods, Kenilworth were activists prepared for the climb.

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