Photos: Striking images of Red Rebels performing a funeral march as ancient trees are felled by HS2 workers near Leamington

Drivers honked their horns in support as campaigners gathered to make their voices heard

The striking sight of the Red Rebels performing a funeral march near Leamington greeted drivers on the Fosse Way yesterday (Wednesday).

They are part of Extinction Rebellion who joined protesters campaigning against the felling of trees, shrubs and woodlands to make way for the new high speed rail line (HS2).

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The Red Rebels were paying their respects to the ancient oak trees that were knocked down last week.

The Red Rebels pay their respects to the ancient oak trees that were knocked down last week. Photo by David Hastings of dh Photo.

The photos by David Hastings of dh Photo.

Campaigners say the work in completely unnecessary and a detruction of our countryside and heritage.

This week, HS2 staff started work on clearing a part of South Cubbington Wood.

And police were called today (Thursday) after incidents between protesters and security staff.

The Red Rebels pay their respects to the ancient oak trees that were knocked down last week. Photo by David Hastings of dh Photo.
The Red Rebels pay their respects to the ancient oak trees that were knocked down last week. Photo by David Hastings of dh Photo.
The Red Rebels pay their respects to the ancient oak trees that were knocked down last week. Photo by David Hastings of dh Photo.
The Red Rebels pay their respects to the ancient oak trees that were knocked down last week. Photo by David Hastings of dh Photo.