Twyford Rising - a protest that changed history

by Helen Beynon in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

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To print and distribute the book Twyford Rising - the true story of an environmental protest that changed the world.

by Helen Beynon in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

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Lu Curtis 24th August 2020

I was a teenager in the area when this was happening and it inspired me. It was so radical then, I almost couldn't believe it! I/m now and activist!

Olga Gomez-Cash 23rd August 2020

Look forward to seeing this book come out and make its journey in the world. Only visited the magical Twyford Down at the last protest when road was about to open and the things that came out of those protests brought a big green energy into my life that has never left) 💚

Fran Tristram 23rd August 2020

It would be good to think that lessons had been learned by now but sadly the road lobby still trumps the environment time and time again. May your story inspire more people to action and to bring about positive change.

Mike Tristram 23rd August 2020

We have been fighting appalling proposals for an A27 Arundel Bypass new dual carriageway through Binsted's countryside for over 30 years. It is likely to be coming to a head soon. We hope to learn from your protest experience, and beat Highways England off for good this time.

sheila  22nd August 2020

Thank you for writing this book. So important to keep and spread our history for future generations to learn from.

Gillian Dove 22nd August 2020

An important protest for many reasons, one that I find breathtaking is the court case which could have been a disaster but resulted in a victory helped by the NUJ.

undercurrents 21st August 2020

Remembering our past is vital if we are going to have aa future. Twyford down protest marks a point that we began fighting for our lives.

annette rimmer 21st August 2020

An absolutely essential history book - the beginnings of the devastation of our beautiful landscape. This is the kind of text that honours ordinary people's protest - Never give up #BLM

Jim Paton 21st August 2020

Not quite true that Twyford was the first anti-road direct action. The Archway Road Life Widening Scheme in the 1970s was -and it won. The bit of Archway Road targeted has never been widened. The Earth Centre, the last of the big squatted houses occupied to obstruct the scheme wasn't evicted until about 2003 (I'm guessing at the date).

Rebecca Birch 21st August 2020

This looks great! Cannot wait! Will be a great read whilst I edit the film I've been working on following women involved in PNR anti-fracking campaign.

Tessa Hall 19th August 2020

I'm so looking forward to reading this and seeing the photos, I had not been prepared for the feeling that the digging up of this beautiful countryside gave me, not to mention the hostility from ther security gaurds to anyone coming near. It made me determined to join in the fight and resist more roads. The necessity to have a much better plan for transport instead of endless new roads and one person in every car is clear and we still have not got a better plan.

Nicola Parkinson 19th August 2020

I've been so glad to hear about this book today and remember the protests well. Best wishes for the publication, I'm much looking forward to reading it.


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