The journey so far
The creation of the M3 in the early 90s, brutally cut through Twyford Down, creating a devastating and lasting scar on the landscape. Our nature reserve at St Catherine’s Hill was compromised, vital wildlife corridors were severed, and our natural environment has been slowly suffocated by the development and industrial sprawl facilitated by this scheme.
Twyford Down was one of the most protected habitats in Southern England, a rich site of ecological importance with 6 species of rare orchid and the threatened chalk hill butterfly. Yet the M3 construction destroyed two Sites of Scientific Special Interest (SSSI), two scheduled ancient monuments and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The damage has never been adequately addressed and is now at risk of being compounded.