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Harefield Stop HS2 protest: Campaigner sits under digger for HOURS to stop tree felling

The Green Party member vowed to stay put as long as she could

A campaigner against the high speed rail link HS2 sat under a digger for four hours in protest against tree felling in Harefield .

A digger and workmen were seen at the site in Harvil Road on Monday (October 2) as they carried out a "site clearance" on behalf of HS2 Ltd.

Protester Sarah Green, of Hillingdon Green Party sat under the digger in defiance of the work.

The Green Party member, who also drives a passenger boat in the nature reserve in Denham country park, told getwestlondon: "As you can see there are a lot of trees that have been chopped down and bulldozed.

"I’m really concerned that they can do this."

Stop HS2 protester tries to block digger knocking down trees in Harvil Road(Image: Sally Cakebread Denham Against HS2)

Sarah explained that an Osprey, a species rarely sighted in London, was found at a lake near to the demolition.

She said: "I’ll stay out here as long as I can."

The Green Party member added she doesn’t mind if it starts raining, as she has shelter “under the digger!”

Police arrive on scene of the HS2 digger protest(Image: Lois Swinnerton)

The stoic protester remained in place for hours, and police showed up at the field at around 4.20pm.

A spokesman for HS2 Ltd said the company owns the land and has relevant permission to undertake work.

He said the Harvil Road site forms part of the early works programme preparing the route for the construction of the railway.

"We are currently investigating an incident at our site on Harvil Road," the spokesman added.

"We will update once more information is available.

"The safety of the local community and our people remains our main priority."

Hillingdon Council has been contacted for comment but had not made a statement at the time of publishing.

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