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'HS2 has ruined our life': Heartbroken household reveal 'endless nightmare' after rail bosses constructed enormous upkeep depot on their land forcing them to 'reside on a constructing web site' – and unlawfully razed seven acres of woodland they nonetheless personal

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A household informed how their lives have been derailed after HS2 started constructing a large upkeep depot on their land.

Mom-of-four Ingrid Hodges stated her household had been plunged right into a ‘endless nightmare’ after bosses seized their farmland in a obligatory buy order for the controversial excessive velocity rail challenge.

However Ingrid, 45, informed how a nasty state of affairs was made worse after contractors ‘unlawfully’ moved onto a seven-acre space of woodland the household nonetheless legally owned – earlier than razing it to the bottom.

She stated the woods had ‘enormous sentimental worth’ for the household as her 4 sons used it as a playground and it was the place their beloved ponies are buried.

The household insist the forested space – the final remaining woodland on their farm – didn’t kind a part of the unique HS2 plans handed in laws and has not been topic to a obligatory buy.

The seven-acre woodland after HS2 works took place

Ingrid Hodges stated her household had been plunged right into a ‘endless nightmare’ after HS2 bosses seized their farmland

Part of the Hodges family's farmland was made subject to a compulsory purchase order to make way for the HS2 rail network. But the family told MailOnline that contractors 'unlawfully' moved onto a seven acre patch of woodland (pictured) - and razed it to the ground

A part of the Hodges household’s farmland was made topic to a obligatory buy order to make means for the HS2 rail community. However the household informed MailOnline that contractors ‘unlawfully’ moved onto a seven acre patch of woodland (pictured) – and razed it to the bottom

The woodland - called Dannal's Wood - holds huge sentimental family for the Hodges because it's where their four sons played when they were children - and where their horses are buried

The woodland – known as Dannal’s Wooden – holds enormous sentimental household for the Hodges as a result of it is the place their 4 sons performed after they have been youngsters – and the place their horses are buried

The family say they are now fighting through lawyers to stop the works and restore the wood to its original state

The household say they’re now combating by means of legal professionals to cease the works and restore the wooden to its authentic state

The Hodges own Elm Tree Farm in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire, which produces produces arable crops and has been in Ingrid's husband Joe's family for three generations. They shared this photo of their sons and horses in the woods where the horses are now buried

The Hodges personal Elm Tree Farm in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire, which produces produces arable crops and has been in Ingrid’s husband Joe’s household for 3 generations. They shared this photograph of their sons and horses within the woods the place the horses at the moment are buried 

Ingrid informed how she came upon in regards to the plans after bumping into two males who work for contractors and have been wandering across the woods on their farm in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

After chopping down 1000’s of bushes, building employees at the moment are placing up an enormous fence to bar entry to the world often known as Dannal’s Wooden.

The household – who’re locked right into a compensation battle over the land – have consulted legal professionals and have known as for a right away halt to the works and a judicial assessment.

However they’ve been warned they face ‘a David and Goliath’ battle within the face of the onslaught from HS2, the Division for Transport and Buckinghamshire County Council.

Ingrid Holmes informed of the nightmare that the HS2 challenge has inflicted upon her household

Ingrid informed MailOnline: ‘It is an outrage. The way in which they deal with you is unbelievable, a whole abuse of course of.

‘It is insufferable. I am sick to my abdomen each single day. My psychological well being is in tatters.

‘They’ve dramatically modified our livelihood, our farming earnings. They’ve stolen our kids’s childhood, inheritance and their futures.’

Ingrid’s husband Joe, 44, runs Elm Tree Farm, which produces arable crops and has been owned by his household for 3 generations.

They reside there together with sons aged 9 to 16 and the kids’s grandmother and great-grandmother.

The household have been ordered to promote an enormous part of the farm however insist the wooden that was ‘stolen’ from them was not included in plans accredited by Parliament.

They are saying officers received their estimates fallacious and have taken practically 50 per cent of their productive farmland as an alternative of the 15 per cent outlined in an environmental assertion drafted earlier than a particular HS2 hybrid invoice was given Royal Assent in 2017.

The household have been backed by native MP who branded HS2 ‘unhealthy neighbours’ and as an alternative they’d plunged to ‘a brand new low’ of their dealings with the household.

Final yr the MP wrote to Rail Minister Huw Merriman saying: ‘That is yet one more instance of the challenge’s utter disdain for rural communities and refusal to acknowledge how devastating and everlasting the ensuing modifications actually are.’

Ingrid stated: ‘We insist upon Dannal’s Wooden being returned to us, its rightful house owners, in its authentic state.

‘We solely came upon about it after I stumbled throughout ecologists on this wooden after I was strolling the canine.

‘They informed me what was taking place. I had no prior information of it.

‘I simply cannot consider they’ll behave like this.

‘They’ve circumvented the democratic course of. We have been utterly unaware they have been doing this. We have been by no means given the chance to debate their plan.

‘This wooden is extraordinarily sentimental. Our household planted it 25 years in the past together with two others that they’ve additionally destroyed. They’ve taken an enormous space of this land.

‘We used the wooden each single day of our lives. We walked our canine there and rode our ponies.

‘My husband, myself and our 4 sons lived our total lives right here, we did not must go wherever else and have been pleased, not often leaving the farm.

‘My sons would go there every single day. They performed in that wooden, they constructed dens in that wooden.

‘That was their playground. It was their place of security and now it is gone. 

Pictured: An aerial view of the patch of woodland before HS2 seized the Hodges' farmland

Pictured: An aerial view of the patch of woodland earlier than HS2 seized the Hodges’ farmland

Pictured: The seven-acre parcel of land after their land was seized by HS2

Pictured: The seven-acre parcel of land after their land was seized by HS2

Pictured: The place where the children's therapy ponies were also buried in the wood

Pictured: The place the place the kids’s remedy ponies have been additionally buried within the wooden

The wood acted as a playground for her children and was their place of safety, Ingrid says

The wooden acted as a playground for her youngsters and was their place of security, Ingrid says

Dannal's Wood was also the final resting place for the children's therapy ponies, the mother-of-four said

Dannal’s Wooden was additionally the ultimate resting place for the kids’s remedy ponies, the mother-of-four stated

‘Our youngsters’s remedy ponies are buried in that wooden.

‘It is was an enormous, enormous a part of our every day lives and one which we by no means thought could be taken.

‘I’ve repeatedly requested they cease all works till an answer may be discovered however they proceed simply to steamroll over me and simply ignore me.

‘I’m in communication with legal professionals and I’ve despatched a stop and desist letter.

‘It ought to make them sit up however I am certain they will not. How is a middle-aged mother-of-four alleged to battle the federal government and all people else? How can I afford that?

‘We should not must reside like that ought to we? What on earth is happening?’

The HS2 challenge, which has been stricken by hovering prices and delays, will present a brand new excessive velocity hyperlink between London and Birmingham at a price ticket estimated to be as much as £65billion.

Final October, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed the second section of the challenge linking Birmingham with Manchester was being scrapped in a bid to save lots of £36 billion.

HS2 seized the household’s land to construct an infrastructure upkeep depot for observe, tools and machines to provide all the 194 mile-long route.

Ingrid stated the wooden is on a distinct a part of their farm and was taken to construct

a ‘balancing pond’ to scale back the dangers of flooding together with an entry highway.

Ingrid insists it’s the newest instance of contractors ‘transferring the goalposts’ since they first invaded their land with heavy equipment.

She stated: ‘What they’ve been doing is illegal. They do the whole lot of their energy to bully, to harass, to gaslight us.

‘I am unable to consider they haven’t been held accountable. It is not simply us – there are folks throughout the nation who’ve been handled like this.

‘There’s been an entire internet of deceit and lies. It is an unbelievable technique to deal with folks – it is simply appalling. There is not any phrases to explain it.

‘It is horrendous. As farmers your precedence is the atmosphere and wildlife and nature. Taking a look at it being destroyed like this by heavy-handed individuals who don’t have any understanding of land is heartbreaking.

‘It is like somebody strolling into your home. They demand the keys, they need your financial institution codes after which they only take all of it away and everybody retains strolling previous.

‘That’s the actuality – they’ve taken away our lives.

HS2 seized the family's land to build an infrastructure maintenance depot for track, equipment and machines to supply the entire 194 mile-long route

HS2 seized the household’s land to construct an infrastructure upkeep depot for observe, tools and machines to provide all the 194 mile-long route

After chopping down thousands of trees, construction workers are now putting up a huge fence to bar access to the area known as Dannal's Wood

After chopping down 1000’s of bushes, building employees at the moment are placing up an enormous fence to bar entry to the world often known as Dannal’s Wooden

Last year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed he was scrapping the HS2 section linking Birmingham with Manchester

Final yr, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed he was scrapping the HS2 part linking Birmingham with Manchester

‘We live on a building web site. And have been for a very long time now.

‘The minute you dare to talk up about what is true they’ll come at you tougher.

‘It is ruined our lives. It is ruined our kids’s lives and their futures.

‘We will not depart as a result of we will not afford to.

‘We’re in a rural group. You could possibly hear the wildlife, you had full privateness.

‘Now we now have huge building noise at the very least 12 hours a day. It is simply insufferable. When you stand in my entrance backyard you may’t have a dialog as a result of the noise is so nice.

‘It was darkish at evening – now there’s flood lights in all places.

‘Our livelihood has been dramatically affected. Farmers should not money wealthy however you’ve your land to cross on as an inheritance which is generational however now it will not be there.

‘With the boys’ wants, farming was one thing they may have carried on.

‘The boys take pleasure in driving their ponies which they may do round their very own fields however HS2 has taken away our secure farmland.’

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