Bypass chainsaw plea

The Guardian January 22 1996

CHAINSAW workers on the Newbury bypass site will be confronted by poignant messages asking them to spare the trees when they start work today, after dozens of children joined their parents for a Friends of the Earth «tree dressing» demonstration at the weekend. The protesters tied bows and ribbons around the doomed oaks and silver birches and left poems and letters pinned to the trunks, asking the woodmen to spare the trees as activists prepare for another week of confrontation.