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Highbury trees get the chop, ending three-year eco row

Dixon Clark Court site is cleared to make way for new homes

19 February, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

The final tree protesters were removed from Dixon Clark Court last week

THE mature trees at the centre of a stand-off in Highbury between eco-activists and the Town Hall were finally axed yesterday (Thursday), marking the end of a campaign dating back to 2018.

“Save the Trees” protesters, who camped on the Dixon Clark Court site after an occupation by Extinction Rebellion ended, were ordered to leave by a High Court judge last month.

They were evicted by bailiffs last Tuesday.

Following the protest, Maria Gallastegui, 62, from Hackney, was charged with obstructing a High Court enforcement officer and participating in a gathering of two or more people in an outdoor place in a Tier 4 area.

She is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court next week.

And Giovanni Assenza, aged 24, of no fixed abode, was bailed pre-charge for obstructing a High Court enforcement officer and for possession of a pointed/bladed article in a public place.

The site is now being cleared to make way for a private block of flats which will fund 25 new council homes.

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