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Mine protesters put on vegan campsite fun day

shropshirestar.com | via IVU | 09/21/10

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wrekin[The Wrekin is a large hill in the otherwise flat landscape of North
Shropshire, England]

A fun day with a difference was on offer in the shadow of The Wrekin when protesters fighting plans to mine coal at the beauty spot threw open their camp to the public.

The protesters are opposing plans to the opencast mining of 900,000 tonnes of coal on a 230-acre site in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The campaigners have vowed to padlock themselves to trees in a bid to avoid eviction.

They have also said they will not budge from the "many" tunnels they have dug around the site.

Spokesman for UK Coal, Stuart Oliver, has said that if the protesters do not leave peacefully they will be forcibly evicted.

Dozens of the activists now live in the Huntington Lane camp.

The tent-dwellers opened up the campsite to visitors on Saturday to let them see round.

The protester added: "We wanted people to know why we are on the site and why we believe the mine plan would be so damaging for the area."

"It was all about having fun and we put on a vegan stew for anyone who wanted a bite to eat."

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