Trees Not Tarmac – Stories from the M65 (2014)
Michele Allen in collaboration with members of the No M65 protest
Slideshow, photographs and artefacts related to the No M65 road protest.
The film was made in collaboration with people who took part in the No M65 road protest in Lancashire and features photographs and recollections of the campaign. The protest lasted for over a year with multiple sites being occupied on the course of the route to slow the progress of the road and increase the price of the project. Two ancient woodlands were occupied during the course of the campaign, Cinder Path Woods and Stanworth Valley the latter became the site of an extensive village of tree houses connected by rope walkways. The eviction of the site began on the 2nd of May 1995 and took several days, with the under Sheriff of Lancashire employing professional climbers and violent tactics to remove us from the trees. We never expected to win but we hoped that the process would act as a deterrent to future projects by raising the price of developing these undervalued but ecologically important sites.
This work was created as part of ‘Passport to Pimilico’ a two-day art event in Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, London. Curated by Lana Lock. To see more about the project look at the blurb book Passport to Pimlico, May Day Art Day by Lana Lock.