Road protesters replant trees

The Guardian January 15 1996

NEWBURY bypass protesters yesterday planted more than 100 new trees on a site cleared by contractors last week. A number of trees were felled on the Tot Hill site at the southern section of the proposed road last Wednesday and that area was replanted yesterday. Police and the Highways Agency said they were powerless to stop planting.

There was no sign of the contractors at the site, and security guards had been given the weekend off before the battle of the bypass enters its second week today.

The demonstrators' move came amid reports that the Government is considering stopping benefits payments to the «tree people». Department of Transport officials are said to believe the plan to starve the activists of income would halve the number of protesters at the Berkshire site.