SOUTHAMPTON campaigners marched through the city streets today in protest of plans to fell ancient woodland.

Braving the rain, local members of Extinction Rebellion dressed in costumes to draw public attention to Southampton Airport’s plans to cut down trees at Marlhill Copse.

The airport has applied to fell 27 trees and reduce height of others in the area, which lies just south of the airfield. Applicants say this will increase air safety.

In response, the environmental activists met at Marlhill Copse, led a procession to the to Model Railway and finished at the Old drinking Fountain at the bottom of the avenue on Asylum Green.

Last month, members rallied together to protest the expansion plans, bringing banners, flags and colourful masks to a staged a demonstration at Bitterne Park School, coinciding with a drop-in session about the plans.