Earlier this month Alastair Humphreys and Ben Fogle filmed at Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre. Alastair Humphreys is an author, motivational speaker, film maker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. In response to the distraction that will be caused to HOAC if HS2 goes ahead he wrote about on his blog.
Here are some extracts:
“I believe that it is especially important to preserve the few remaining urban wild areas. And I believe that young people growing up in cities can benefit so much from these wild places, and from learning adventurous skills in those wild places.
“…yesterday I spent a day doing some film work with Ben Fogle at the Hillingdon Outdoors Activities Centre. Tucked inside the M25, I discovered a magical oasis of wilderness. We walked through woodland and maize fields. We mountain biked up and down fantastic singletrack trails. We canoed past herons and kingfishers as shoals of fish darted through the clean water beneath us. We climbed to the top of a superb climbing wall and looked out over green trees in every direction….”
“… But now I really am annoyed.
“Closing Hillingdon Outdoors Activities Centre and concreting over this wonderful wild urban oasis is a terrible thing to do. For that reason today I wanted to highlight the great work the centre is doing and the Stop HS2 website.”