A hermit who lives on his own in a secluded wood has been ordered to leave by the authorities.
Daniel Pike built his own clay house in Merry Hill forest on the outskirts of London, England, and has resided there peacefully for four years.
But he has now been told he must give up his hermit life and leave his house and everything he has built behind.
He built his small shack using materials sourced only from the surrounding forest, and it includes a solar panel and a mattress made from dried leaves.
The Woodland Trust who own the forest have ordered him to leave, despite his claims that he isn’t doing anything wrong.
Here’s Mr. Pike’s in a local TV interview, just after his eviction:
Mr. Pike said:
“I am not doing any harm to anyone here. I grew tired with modern life” and ”I came out to the woods, starting in a tent and decided to build a home. I won’t be leaving.”
Mr. Pike says his dissolution with modern day living coupled with the lack of funds to put down on a mortgage, which would be extortionate in this part of London, led him to pursue the hermit life.
He spoke of the way he came around to building his hut, saying:
”When I first saw the land it was bare but I knew straight away it was perfect. The main structure took seven attempts and six months to build. We belong to the land, the land doesn’t belong to us. I don’t think I’m squatting.”
This is just one example of the heavy handed way the authorities are growing in regards to anyone who desires to live ‘off grid’.
The establishment are suspicious of anyone who appears to want to live separately to the rest of society, it seems they are scared of people who want to think for themselves instead of being slaves to the system.
What are your thoughts on the eviction?
Full the full gallery and more information on what Mr. Pike went through visit the Watford Observer