On Friday 12th January campaigners from various groups joined together in front of Euston train station to protest at the closure of a green space, Euston Square Gardens, prior to the felling of 53 plane trees. The trees are among 200 being removed around Euston, and a further 300 in other parts of Camden.
This is all part of the huge HS2 rail project that will provide a high-speed link to Birmingham at an escalating cost estimated to be more than £100billion. At the protest, the vicar of St Pancras Church was chained to one of the largest trees along with a local resident.
Protesters urged supporters to write to their MPs, sign the government petition and join local anti-HS2 groups, but having tried all democratic processes and been ignored (91% voted against HS2 in the original consultation) they recognise that direct actions all along the route will now be the way forward.