Well. Unsurprisingly with such a positive experience I decided to keep in contact with this unique little collective and I have been back to visit several times since then. I hope to produce a continuous record of their time in the forest for a long as the community exists.
I came back in August 2012 when the had an open week and discovered they had made good progress in building an outdoor kitchen.
Returning in November I was amazed at the progress they had made in the kitchen.
There was also a profusion of structures that the residents had built to live in as the weather turned colder.
Can you see the bender structure in the pictures below?
As well as the people, the plants need keeping warm and the community had invested in a polytunnel.
I came back in the new year to make sure no-one had died of cold but as ever these pragmatic people had taken care of themselves and each other. Their progress had included installing solar panels (which they made themselves from industry off-cuts) and wiring up electric lighting, creating a new cozy indoor space that is smaller and easier to heat than the kitchen, and building themselves a shower block. Also more sleeping structures had been built.