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From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 581, Friday 23rd March, 2007
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 13:34:56 -0000

Secret Garden protest - Salisbury

Salisbury's Secret Garden protest continues (see below). Activists are still trying to save the park adjacent to the garden following a forceful eviction of protesters protecting the 300-year-old ground from the Council's bulldozers. Officials wielding a possession order claimed that locals and activists were a possible danger. Increased militancy is a real problem, argued the legal documents, especially if demonstrators call out for reinforcements by sending out a 'rallying cry' which would result in damage to precious Council property. Arghhhhh!

Council workers promptly felled a 130-year-old sweet chestnut on 15th March. The protesters delayed the work by 4-5 hours on the actual chopping day and by over three weeks since direct action began. There are still trees left and the fight continues...

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From: Jo Makepeace (
Subject: SchNEWS 579, Friday 10th March, 2007
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 20:35:17 -0000

Salisbury's Dial-an-Activist call out to save the 18th Century 'Secret Garden' and 150 year old trees (see below) from a council bent on turning it into a glass office has had results! Locals and activists from further afield have managed to squat the garden and a portacabin on its land, build a tree house and start clearing up the council's mess. They've managed to win a month's more stay before the chainsaws return, so long as the land is squatted 24/7. Pissed off, the council is ominously putting up double fencing and infa-red cameras, which all means the welcoming, family-friendly community garden still needs urgent help!


From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 577, Friday 23rd February, 2007
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 02:29:42 -0000

Salisbury's Grade 2 listed 18th Century 'Secret Garden' is to be demolished so that the council can build a new glass office! The ouncil are coming in any day now to cut the 150 year old trees and pull down the Victorian fountain. An URGENT call out for help has been made.

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