ACTIVISTS protesting against HS2 preparation work in Harefield reached the eighth day of their sit-in on Tuesday (24).

They have been camping at a site off Harvil Road, where a construction company has been felling trees in preparation for HS2.

They believe the work is being carried out illegally because no planning permission has been granted. They are worried the work, taking place in a protected woodland, will damage habitats and wildlife.

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Sarah Green, 62, of Hillingdon, one of the protesters said: “HS2 Limited and their contractors need to know we are not going anywhere.

“Now they have started their enabling works, they have their sights set on forest clearance and wetland drainage in 300 acres of woodland.

“That means we are going to step up our protests, not shy away. Their plans would alter the natural balance of the environment, of our air, water and habitats. It cannot be allowed to happen.”