Michele Allen in collaboration with members of the No M65 protest
Originally exhibited as part of Passport to Pimlico May Day Art Day curated by Lana Lock, as part of the Chelsea Salon series, site specific art event Churchill Gardens estate Pimlico London May 2014. The video featuring photographs and accounts from people who took part in the No M65 road protest was exhibited alongside a collection of documents and artefacts also relating to the protest. The route passed through ancient woodland and sites of special scientific interest leading to a sustained protest by people from the local area, Earth First groups and the wider environmental movement. The protest lasted for over a year with multiple sites being occupied on the course of the route and non-violent direct action including the occupation of building sites and offices to slow the progress of the road and increase the price of the project. Two woodlands were occupied during the course of the campaign, Cinder path woods and Stanworth Valley the latter became the site of an extensive village of tree houses connected by rope walkways. The eviction of the site began on the 2nd of May 1995 and took several days, with the under Sheriff of Lancashire employing professional climbers to remove us from the trees. We never expected to win but we hoped that the process would act as a deterrent to future projects.