`Victory' for trees

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Green protesters camped in tree houses were claiming yesterday to have delayed motorway builders.

Wimpey Construction was due to begin work on the extension to the M77 in Glasgow today . But yesterday, the environmental group Earth First, who have taken to living in the branches in an attempt to protect around 1,000 trees and 40 acres of Pollok Park,said they had won the first skirmish.

A group spokeswoman said: "Wimpey have said the actual bulldozers won't be coming in for two weeks and only surveyors will be on the site tomorrow."

Protesters argue that Pollok Park is protected by a conservation agreement of 1939.