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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 00:49:17 +0100 (BST)
From: "SchNEWS" (
Subject: SchNEWS 219, Friday 9th July 1999

Arthur's Wood Protesters occupy National Trust HQ


Protesters, who have been living in tree houses in the National Trust owned Arthur's Wood since last summer, occupied the Trust HQ in London on Wednesday. The woodland is situated adjacent to Manchester Airport's controversial Runway 2 and the airport authority want to chop down the trees because they reckon they will block radar signals. The Trust granted a license to the Airport to fell the woods and to evict the campaigners in direct contravention to the Trust Act of 1907 which states "They shall by all lawful means prevent resist and abate all enclosures and encroachments upon and all attempts to enclose or encroach upon such property or any part thereof...". Obviously this decision has nothing to do with the fact that the Airport is a sponsor of nearby Quarry bank Mill, owned by the National Trust, and apparently used to host conferences for the airport, AMEC and Tarmac.

The protesters' recent appeal in the Lords was rejected so eviction could be anytime. The good news is that Wednesdays occupation has resulted in the Trust agreeing to talk with the protesters. And Manchester Airport have had to pull out of their plans to build a massive staff car park on Green Belt land after it was called in for a public inquiry due to the large number of protests.

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