The people making a difference: the former teacher saving the trees – and bats – threatened by HS2

Carol-Anne O’Callaghan has fought hard to protect ancient oaks near her home, which she says are home to rare bats. Now it’s her turn for a treat

Carol-Anne O’Callaghan is speaking to me from her campervan. “I call it my mobile office,” she says. “It’s great. I have wifi and a desk. I even have a loo!” It is covered in bat pictures, as a nod to her activism.

The 60-year-old former teacher from Great Missenden in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, uses the van as a base for her campaign work, which started in February 2021. O’Callaghan was walking her dogs when she spotted yellow dots stuck on some of the 99 oak trees in a narrow country lane close to her home. The dots, she learned, indicated trees marked for destruction.

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