GREENPEACE Stroud have collected 120 messages in the town pledging their opposition to plans by BP to drill near the Amazon Reef.

They have been running stalls in Stroud, engaging with members of the public to inform them about the little known and unique reef, and BP’s 'dangerous plans'.

The environmentalist group have asked local people to write postcards to Bob Dudley, BP CEO, imploring him and BP to cancel their plans to drill and avoid endangering a biome.

Mark Epton, a Stroud Greenpeace activist, presented the petition based on these messages to the manager of the Stroud BP Garage, he said: “We made it clear that the local community does not support this company’s plans to endanger one of the world’s most untouched places.

“The people we have spoken to have delivered a clear message to BP calling on them not to risk yet another disastrous oil spill, which could destroy this incredible, unique reef.

"Scientists have only explored 5% of this unique reef, which may be home to animals and plants new to science.

“But before the reef can even be fully explored and documented, BP want to drill for oil nearby.

“BP’s drilling puts this unique and largely unexplored reef under threat of an oil spill.

“This could cause irreparable damage to the reef, and also harm the world’s longest stretch of mangrove forest on the local coastline.”

Over a million people have signed a petition demanding BP halt their plans and not drill in the Amazon Reef.