Here’s a more detailed account of recent events for your reading pleasure, apologies for the lack of images – our camera is currently experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ but rest assured they will follow shortly. Please scroll down for updates to the wish list.
It’s been a very busy few days in our little patch of woodland! We received lots of visitors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of the West Midlands Climate Action Fossil Fools Weekend Convergence. Many thanks to all who came, we hope to see you all again very soon – and thanks again for all the generous donations of food, water and materials. We were even treated to the incredible sight of four simultaneous rainbows, which neither words nor photographs could possibly do justice! What an appropriate treat for the eyes looking on in awe from the Rainbows End community 🙂
Good Friday saw a couple of campers paying a visit to one of Shropshire’s top tourist attractions and ‘birthplace of industry’, the Iron Bridge. A large banner reading No New Coal was hung from the bridge, where we received a number of very supportive comments from locals and tourists and were attended by three police officers (who seemed concerned that our string may somehow cause damage to the bridge!) For pictures please visit the image gallery on the Shropshire Star website.
After a very productive (if muddy!) weekend we were joined last night by the very lovely James from the Shropshire Star, who stayed the night to get a look at life on site. We hope he enjoyed the evening, we enjoyed chatting with him very much.
After bidding farewell to a slightly sleep-deprived James this morning, we received word from a friend that vehicles and digging equipment were arriving on site. This concerned citizen was keen to register his protest by attempting to block this move by UK Coal, whose representative was present – but was told the equipment was in fact en route to a neighbouring farm (also owned by UK Coal). Later this morning digging machinery was seen to be digging trenches at the southern most point of the site where the site infrastructure is to be located. The Shropshire Star covered this story here albeit containing a few factual inaccuracies. Visit Wrekin Friends for a brief video clip of this encounter with a most aggressive looking contractor – yikes!
This afternoon we were visited by a number of members of the local constabulary, who left without any issues. We can only assume this visit was requested by UK Coal who were keen to ensure the mornings events were not repeated…
If you’d like to offer your support then there’s no time like the present! Please come and join us if you’re able.
- 4 by 2 or 4 by 4 timbers
- Cooking oil – preferably in catering size tins as we can reuse these but bottles are certainly welcome
- Onions, herbs, spices (chillies are being craved if you have a surplus)
- Toilet roll (don’t want to run out of that!)
- Roll mats/blankets
- Anything else you might think of