Two Hundred attend Camp and Rally

Some 200 people attended the “Stop the Road” Camp & Rally in Combe Haven on 29/30 September, celebrating the beauty of the valley and enjoying an amazing weekend of speeches, workshops, shadow puppetry, children’s theatre, story-telling, campfires, local music and great food. A big thank you to everyone who donated their time, energy, money and / or vegetables to the cause, and helped make it such a great event!

The Camp saw the launch of the “Stop the Road – Save Our Valley” pledge. You can download a copy of the Pledge here.

See below for more pictures from the Camp.

An excellent film about the event by local journalist Jake Bowers:


Media coverage extended to the national press, with both the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times (see below) – both running articles linking the Camp’s preparations for future direct action with George Osborne’s plans to build hundreds of new roads around the UK – and a letter from the Defenders in the Guardian.

Other coverage included BBC Sussex, ITV Meridian, and local coverage on the Hastings [1] and Bexhill Observer web-sites [1] [2]

Coverage in the Sunday Times

Defender Emily Johns and badger friend welcome walkers to the Camp on the Saturday

Renowned environmental campaigner John Stewart leads a workshop on “How to Stop a Road”

Local group Las Pasionarias contributed some rousing musical songs.

Intense discussions took place in workshops on campaign strategy and direct action