He Lives In A Clay House In The Middle Of The Woods... Now Ordered To Leave
Story and images by Lottie Ikonen, Republished with permission: the Watford Observer
Daniel Pike from Watford has been told to leave his house in the woods made of clay.
A modern-day hermit who has spent four years building his remote shack from clay has been told to leave.
Daniel Pike has created a home entirely from materials found in Merry Hill forest, which is a 15 minute walk from the nearest road.
He sleeps on a mattress made of dried leaves, has fashioned window frames and even a bath out of driftwood.
But now bosses at The Woodland Trust said they own the site and have ordered him to leave.
Mr Pike said: "I am not doing any harm to anyone here. I grew tired with modern life.
"I came out to the woods, starting in a tent and decided to build a home. I won't be leaving."
Mr Pike, who used to work at Tesco Extra, said he had no mortgage prospects and ran into difficulty after suffering a nervous breakdown.
Fed up with the pressures of modern day life he decided to live simply in the self-built home in Carpenders Park.