Local people and supporters of the Grow Heathrow campaigners have blocked the entrance to the squatted old nurseries and are awaiting the arrival of baliffs.

A piano sits the other side of the colourfully decorated fence and those inside the community are chanting: “We don’t want your runway”.

Also: “Throw your vegetables in the air”, referencing the community garden's organic produce.

End even “You Are My Sunshine”.

 

In front of the gates of the former nursery in Vineries Close, Sipson, there is a smoothie stand and people making drinks with fruit and vegetables grown in the greenhouses.

There is also a seed stand and people are quietly planting them in pots.

The aim of the peaceful protest is to show exactly what grow Heathrow is all about, says Eddie, a resident.

TV and radio crews are milling around.

People expect bailiffs to arrive with police support. They said they would be there from 8am.

At least two people have locked themselves to the gate.

Tracey Howard, 40, and her daughter Olivia, 15, have lived in Sipson for 17 years.

Tracey’s husband’s family have been here since the 1800s. His grandmother is buried in Cherry Lane cemetery and that is one of the main reasons they are protesting, they say, because they think the cemetery would be under threat if a third runway were ever built.

A woman who gave her name as ‘Teresa Green’, 28, said: “I’m sad,”. In her arms is baby Raven.

'Teresa Green' and baby Raven
 

“This is such an incredible community space so much education has happened here over the last four years.

“The thought that the bailiffs can come on the land and evict people from their homes is devastating.

“I think a few bailiffs will turn up and and see how powerful the people are here and turn around and not take it any further”