On December 29th, around 1,000 people turned out for a peaceful protest walk against HS2, organised by campaigners at Denham Country Park, to hear more about the destruction being caused by the controversial railway project.
Speakers included wildlife campaigner Chris Packham, Colne Valley Regional Park President, Lord Randall of Uxbridge, and Sarah Green and Mark Kier of the Green Party.
They told the crowds of the widespread destruction being wrought by HS2 preparatory work – the loss of thousands of trees, habitats and wildlife in the Colne Valley, as well as the pollution posed to precious chalk aquifers and the drinking water supply by pile-driving work.
Lord Randall said the Colne Valley Regional Park has fought HS2 since the beginning, pointing out that not only local environment and wildlife are suffering, but also many businesses. People are losing their homes, and the area is being permanently marred.