HS2 pro­tester blocks digger

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGNER against the high speed rail link HS2 sat un­der a digger for four hours in protest against tree felling in Hare­field.

A digger and work­men were seen at the site in Harvil Road on Mon­day as they car­ried out a “site clear­ance” on be­half of HS2 Ltd.

Pro­tester Sarah Green, of Hilling­don Green Party, sat un­der the digger in de­fi­ance of the work.

The Green Party mem­ber, who also drives a pas­sen­ger boat in the na­ture re­serve in Den­ham coun­try park, said: “There are a lot of trees that have been chopped down and bull­dozed. I’m re­ally con­cerned that they can do this.”

Sarah ex­plained that an os­prey, a species rarely sighted in Lon­don, was found at a lake near to the de­mo­li­tion.

She said: “I’ll stay out here as long as I can.”

The Green Party mem­ber added she did not mind if it started rain­ing as she has shel­ter “un­der the digger”.

The pro­tester re­mained in place for hours and po­lice showed up at the field at around 4.20pm.

HS2 Ltd and Hilling­don Coun­cil have been con­tacted but had not made a state­ment at the time of go­ing to press.

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