Join the Heathrow Airplot

I have a personal interest in Heathrow Airplot. Not just because I live near Heathrow Airport and am very much opposed to its expansion – for years I’ve been arguing that we should be running it down and eventually closing it to make better use of the land.

Almost since the start I have been one of the now over 60,000 “beneficial owners” of this former orchard in the centre of the Middlesex village of Sipson which would be wiped off the map if the third runway goes ahead. Although I suspect that a way would be found to overcome the legal obstacles that Greenpeace hope that the existence of so many owners would put in the way of compulsory purchase of the Airplot I still think that joining the Airplot is a useful way of supporting the campaign. It’s quick and free and I urge you to take a look at it and join if you support it – and you can do so wherever you live around the world.

© 2003 Peter Marshall
No Third Runway rally at Harmondsworth, June 2003

I first photographed the campaign in 2003 when we marched from Sipson to a meeting on the village green at Harmondsworth on a beautiful June afternoon. After the speeches I went to walk around inside the wonderful medieval Tithe Barn at the side of the church, specially opened for the day, and then into the Five Bells to sample a pint (or two) of a beer specially brewed to support the campaign.

© 2009 Peter Marshall.
Climate Rush and NoTRAG at the fence around Heathrow, Sept 2009

Since then I’ve photographed a number of other events organised by NoTRAG and other groups opposing the expansion, and last September I was at the Airplot itself for a couple of days when the Climate Rush was camping there at the start of their march with caravans to the West Country and held a Celebration of Community Resistance involving groups from around the British Isles.

© 2009, Paul Baldesare
Climate Rushers picking apples on the Airplot, Sept 2009

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  1. […] short walk from an extremely small plot of land I had become a “beneficial owner” of at Heathrow Airplot in Sipson as a part of the campaign against a ‘third runway’ for Heathrow, and had […]

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