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Art protest against HS2 tree massacre

'Last stand' demo joined by Martin Rowson, Adam Dant and Sian Berry

30 June, 2018 — By Billie Manning

Dan Llywelyn Hall

CAMPAIGNERS staged a two-day “art-making protest” over High Speed 2 axing mature trees and closing public parks.

HS2 is in the process of transforming Euston Square Gardens into a temporary taxi rank as part of its £57billion railway project.

The “Last Stand” demonstration, throughout Tuesday and yesterday (Wednesday), was organised by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall in a final bid to stop the works.

He said: “What we’re saying is that this part of the project can still be reconsidered, because it’s nothing to do with the infrastructure of the track. It’s purely a service point which could, with some imagination, be relocated.”

 

 

Mr Rowson’s cartoon

 

Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson and artist Adam Dant spent time in the park and Green Party politician Siân Berry also attended.

Paintings created during the protest will be part of an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in Euston Road from until July 8.

An HS2 statement said: “We recognise the importance of the trees and gardens around Euston to people living and working near the station and we are working with London Borough of Camden to ensure that all trees lost during construction are replaced and other open spaces in the local community are enhanced.

“Supporting the natural environment is just as important to us as building stations, regenerating city centres and supporting the economy.  That’s why, alongside HS2, we are also creating a new ‘green corridor’ of woodland, wildlife habitats and new community facilities to leave a lasting legacy of high quality green spaces all along the route.

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