Down the ages: Environmental protests COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE, LONDON DRAX POWER STATION, YORKSHIRE
TWYFORD DOWN, HAMPSHIRE 1991–92 One of the early road protests that fought the extension of the M3 through a protected area. The main group of protestors lived in ‘benders’ on the top of the down, and though they lost this battle, the wider war against the national road-expansion programme was arguably won when the incoming Labour government cut it in 1997. Result: Won? 2002 More than 400,000 people ( left) marched through the centre of the capital, with Labour’s proposed ban on fox hunting the main focus of their anger. But there was a broader political edge, with the rural economy, jobs and housing also highlighted. The ban on hunting went through anyway in 2004, and came into force the following year. Result: Lost 2006 In 2006, some 600 protestors descended on Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to raise awareness about climate change. Drax was Britain’s largest emitter of CO2 at the time, but has since started using biomass fuel and has been described as one of the world’s biggest decarbonisation projects. Result: Won SHEFFIELD, YORKSHIRE 2016–18 Of those arrested while campaigning against treefelling in Sheffield ( above), two were given suspended prison sentences, and charges were dropped against another three. According to Sheffield Tree Action Groups, 5,500 street trees have been felled in recent years. In October, the city council announced its agreement, with private contractor Amey, to reduce the programme's scale but precise details were not available. Result: Lost?