Save Arthur's Wood

On Sunday 21 June protesters set up camp in Arthur's Wood near the site of Manchester Airport's second runway when they heard that AMEC was planning to fell trees during the bird nesting season. Contractors arrived the next day to find people in treehouses blocking their path. The trees in Arthur's Wood, which is on National Trust land, are not even on the path of the second runway. Manchester Airport says it needs to cut them down to improve flightpath visibility when the runway is opened, but the Inspector of the Public Inquiry for the runway advised that everything should be done to avoid these trees being destroyed.

Protesters went to court, seeking an injunction to prevent AMEC from damaging the trees before the bird nesting season is over. Unfortunately, they lost. However, despite the police attempting to arrest people, regular actions against the airport continue to happen from the camp. More people are needed on camp, which is on the edge of a valley in a beautiful beech woodland. Rope, tarps and other equipment are also urgently needed, and donations (however small) are welcome as funds are very low. Donations can be sent to "Save Arthur's Wood", c/o Manchester Earth First!, Dept 29, 1 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1HW.

To visit the camp (ring first to ensure it's still there!), get a bus or train to the airport then walk towards the Cargo Centre and out onto the A538. Go down the A538 towards Wilmslow and turn off at the roundabout onto the Styal Road. Immediately turn right towards the Moathouse Hotel. Follow the bridlepath on the left hand side to the camp.

Arthur's Wood Camp (07775 602 954)