East Midlands

East Midlands

Eviction gets go ahead - Bodge House

Eviction Aruga!!19th July 2008
Activists fortify Bodge House against UK Coal open cast mine and the eviction squad

The group of direct activists occupying Lodge House opencast site since 18th June have declared that they are ready to resist eviction.

Climate Camp Bike Ride

People will be riding to the climate camp, starting from Glasgow, descending southerly picking up thousands en route.

The final leg, London to Kingsnorth is on sunday 3 August meeting under Waterloo bridge (southside) at 9am
For more info on the route and how to get involved e-mail climatecampbikeride@lists.riseup.net
Up the the velorution.

Coal Gets Left In The Ground A Bit Longer

Activists occupying Bodge House / Lodge House / Prospect Farm (all the same place) to obstruct its destruction for opencast coal extraction had a court victory on Monday.

Activists disrupt work at site of opencast coal mine


Activists yesterday obstructed a steamroller which was being used to set a tarmac ramp designed allow heavy plant machinery access to the fields where UK Coal intend to extract around 1 million tonnes of coal.

Once the steamroller had halted, one activist proceeded to d-lock themselves to the machine.

Anniversary of the first week at Shipley Bodge (& upcoming protest dates)

Bodge graffitti 2Bodge flowers 3It has been a week already since climate chaos activists took occupation of a farm house on the site of the UK’s newest open cast site. Here is an update. The possession court case was chucked out of court for the moment - more here. Don't forget the 14th July noise demo (link to left).

UK Coal have started some preparatory works at the Shipley open cast site. Many Tonnes of concrete has been cast to reinforce the public access road near the squatted site. This is allow 200 tonne machines to travel back and forth without doing damage to the public right of way. (I’ll pause here while you un-flabbergast yourself………)

A visit to the Opencast Squat

Bodge House with roof-tripodBodge fencing21.06.2008
I decided to take a trip to Shipley today to see how the new residents of Prospect farm were settling in.

Climate change protestors occupy Derbyshire open cast coal site - contact, map, wish list, access & court papers

Bodge House squatBodge House roof banner18th June 2008 – For immediate release
Leave it in the Ground 07852 460871

Today climate campaigners from ‘Leave it in the Ground’ have occupied the UK Coal’s Lodge House site in Derbyshire by barricading themselves in a disused farm building and taken to the trees on the site of the open cast mine.

9th June Noise Demo at UK Coal Head Office Protest - next one 14th July

UK Coal 1st noise demo 1UK Coal 1st noise demo 2UK Coal is about to devastate a beautiful part of the Derbyshire countryside by starting an open cast mine. So ‘Leave it in the Ground’ and Earth First! decided to make some noise over it with people from Derby, Nottingham Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Brighton as well as other places, all travelled to UK Coals Head office in Doncaster to make some noise.

3rd June Food & Climate Change Day of Action - more actions, in Nottingham, London x3, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool & Amsterdam

Actions co-inciding with the UN Conference on World Food Security and Climate Change got off to an early start, with Sunday seeing the first of an outbreak of vegan food give-aways, in Manchester, with a spot of guerrilla gardening; the rash spread on Monday with GM labs occupied. The Ready Steady Skip website tried to soothe, but on the day, the action contagion spread...

Noise demo against imminent open cast coal mine 9th June

Derbyshire open-cast - before: before...Derbyshire open-cast - after?: After (if we don't stop them)A new open-cast coal mine site is about to get underway in beautiful Derbyshire, unless we stop it now.


Food not Bombs for Food & Climate action dayWithin the past year, global food prices have risen by 75%. Prices of wheat, soya, oilseeds, maize and rice are now at record levels. The World Bank has warned that 100 million more people are facing hunger and malnutrition because of rising food prices.