Protest over the road
This handbill publicises a tree-planting ceremony and rally on 4 December 1999 and a house rebuilding protest on the 5th. The 'Stop the M11 Link' campaign centred around Wanstead and Leytonstone in east London. It was a protest against plans by the Department of Transport to build the Hackney-to-M11 link road.
Save the trees
The campaign sought to save a 300-year-old sweet chestnut tree in the centre of George Green, Wanstead, from the roadbuilders. Protestors claimed that building the link road would destroy over 350 homes. Hundreds of trees would be cut down and communities would be divided.
Despite their efforts on behalf of their neighbourhood, the campaigners lost their protest. The link road was completed in 1999 following the demolition of 400 homes.
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