In May 1992 I attended a rally against the building of the M3 motorway at Twyford Down in Hampshire. There were the usual speeches, but I wasn’t listening. I was watching tiny spiders scurrying between flowers of wild thyme, rock rose and orchids. I took off my boots for a moment: to tread heavily on this land seemed a sacrilege. I started listening when someone shouted out – at the bottom of the hill the road builders were blocking a canal as part of the motorway construction. A great sweep of people surged down, pulled out the rubble and set the waters flowing again.

Rebecca Lush was one ...


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