6am this snowy morning brought another eco camp eviction at the Highbury site in North London. Once surrounded and barricades were breached, climbing bailiffs quickly disassembled ariel platforms and coerced those in the trees in to harnesses for a forced descent. The ace card however remains to be the tunnel chambers occupied underneath the site. Unfortunately however, the eviction team has already started digging down to the protesters.
The small site at Dixon Court, Islington has been occupied by the Save The Trees campaign since October. The plot was originally occupied by Extinction Rebellion who left on securing a deal with the council to include the planting of more saplings in the development plan. Unsatisfied with this compromise, Save The Trees campaign took over the site in their stead.
The site hosts seven mature trees, including Sweet hestnut, Sycamore and Norweigan maple. The proposed development will destroy this small but vital green space to make way for another 6 story block of flats, 14 of which will be private luxury apartments.
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