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Along Dews lane

Sally Low | United Kingdom

Ron walks down the lane towards his garage after opening the gate.

The proposed HS2 route, once it has left metropolitan London, will run through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, and The West Midlands, through nature reserves, farmland, national parks, areas of outstanding beauty, and over people’s houses. Dews Farm is one of these properties.

Every morning for the past 14 years, Ron Ryall has woken up and walked down Dews Lane rain or shine to open up the gate. He then walks back to his family-run garage which has been in business since 1969, servicing and repairing the local's cars. It is not just his business on the lane, Ron and his family live down the road in a Grade 2 Elizabethan farmhouse dating from 1575. The family spent 10 years renovating this house forgoing holidays and other luxuries. The house holds4 generations. Ron, his wife Anne and his 92-year-old mom Ivy. His daughter Crystal and her 4 children split their time between here and a cottage they co-own next to the garage.

This week his business is due to be taken away and in March 2020 their home. Taken by HS2.

Sally was born in Cape Town where she started her career taking pictures for music magazines photographing acts such as U2, Rodriguez and The Prodigy. After moving to the UK she began working in the film industry whilst working simultaneously on photographic projects concerned with social justice and the environment. In the last few years she has worked on projects in Russia, Wales, Poland, South Africa, Japan and Romania.

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