Extinction Rebellion activists claim victory in HS2 tree protest

Twelve Extinction Rebellion activists who scaled trees in the Colne Valley nature reserve in west London to prevent HS2 operatives from chopping them down are claiming victory after the tree cutting did not go ahead.

The activists spent about 10 hours in the trees, joining forces with Stop HS2, Green party campaigners and local residents to raise concerns about the destruction they claim the HS2 development is causing to the environment.

The Colne Valley Park in Hillingdon is home to rich biodiversity including a string of wetland habitats. It is an area where a variety of wildlife, including bats, owls and ospreys, live and thrive.

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