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Eco Warriors Take to the Trees

Janine Wiedel | United Kingdom

Evening at Big Willow Eco Camp

 For a year and a half a group of  Eco Warriors squatted in public parkland in Crystal Palace the highest point in South London. Protesting the proposed building of a £58m leisure complex which would both take away parkland and devestate the wildlife, they constructed and lived in makeshift tree houses and creative structures made with scaffolding poles. Rope walkways connected the tree houses and also provided escape routes when the ballifs moved in to evict the camp.

The protest ended with a dramatic eviction which was said to have cost Bromley Council £1.5m.

Due to the Eco Warrior's protest backed by support of the local community the construction plans were finally  shelved in 2001.

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