The Newbury Bypass / Antonio Olmos

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In January 1996 hundreds of environmental activists descended on the town of Newbury in England.

The purpose was to prevent the construction of a bypass around the town, which would result in the destruction of ten thousand trees and wipe out a lot of the natural landscape to the west. The protest against the nine mile road began with tree sit-ins but eventually moved on to obstruction of all tree clearing and construction work.

 Covering a period of five months the images cover the story from the moment protesters set up camps until the clearance of the final protest camp. The cost to remove the activists from the road path was so great that the Conservative government’s road program was effectively cancelled following the construction of the Newbury Bypass.