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HS2 protestors 'self-isolate' in trees to stop woodland being chopped down

HS2 protestors have taken to the treetops in Crackley Wood to stop contractors chopping down the ancient woodland.

They were evicted from the construction sitein Warwickshire under Government coronavirus guidelines last week but some of them say they are now 'self-isolating' in the trees.

The site is owned by HS2 and contractors are due to begin work to fell trees and move the ancient woodland soil to other sites this week.

“This land is legally possessed by HS2. A Court Order was granted to HS2 on Tuesday 17 March to remove protestors from the site. Notices were served on Wednesday 25 March asking the protestors to leave the site voluntarily, in line with the legal process.

"Protests such as this are a threat to the security and safety of the public and our workers, and are costly to the taxpayer. During the current health crisis, the actions of these protestors has put our workers and the public at risk, and the emergency services under unnecessary strain.

“High court enforcement officers are on site during the operation, and are fully complying with the current Government and PHE guidelines.”

– HS2 Spokesperson

However, protestors say the new sites are unsuitable because they contain car parks and have been impacted by heavy machinery.

Protesters have also raised concerns about whether officials have been following health guidelines by keeping more than 2m apart but HS2 says most of its sites have paused or are pausing construction works. The sites that are still working are doing so in compliance with government guidelines.

Campaigners at the Crackley Wood site claimed earlier today that officials were stopping food and water being passed to protestors in the trees but HS2 denies this and says supplies are being passed on.