SOUTHAMPTON campaigners will march through the city’s streets tomorrow to protest plans to fell ancient woodland.

Members of Extinction Rebellion dressed in costumes and accompanied by a samba band hope to draw public attention to Southampton Airport’s plans to cut down trees at Marlhill Copse.

The environmental activists are also protesting the work as they believe it will enable Southampton Airport to expand - in turn creating harmful pollution and greenhouse gasses.

They will meet at Marlhill Copse at 12pm with the march starting at 1pm.

From there the procession will make its way to the to Model Railway at Riverside Park, onto Saint Denis Church, October Books on Portswood Broadway, the Old drinking Fountain at bottom of the Avenue on Asylum Green.

It will finish at Guildhall Square at around 4.45pm.

Southampton Airport has applied to fell 27 trees and reduce height of others in the copse which lies just south of the airport claiming grounds of air safety.

Last month members of campaigners rallied together to protest airport expansion plans.

Protesters with banners, flags and colourful masks staged a demonstration at Bitterne Park School coinciding with a drop-in session for the public to learn about the airport’s plans.

A Southampton Airport spokesperson said: ““We fully respect the right to peaceful protest and we welcome the public to share views and concerns they may have regarding this matter.”