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    A few years ago, the fracking industry started casting a shadow on Great Britain; as a result, a patchwork of anarchist groups has risen from the… Read More
    A few years ago, the fracking industry started casting a shadow on Great Britain; as a result, a patchwork of anarchist groups has risen from the outskirts of society to protect the land and the water. Perched in a lush Surrey forest, the Leith Hill fortress is watching over the drilling grounds. Activists set up camp there late October 2016 to prevent an exploratory drilling by the company Europa Oil & Gas. They spent winter on high alert, looking for signs of bailiffs coming to evict them; now that winter has ended, the task is slightly easier, but the vigilance remains. Read Less
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A few years ago, the fracking industry started casting a shadow on Great Britain; as a result, a patchwork of anarchist groups has risen from the outskirts of society to protect the land and the water. Perched in a lush Surrey forest, the Leith Hill fortress is watching over the drilling grounds. Activists set up camp there late October 2016 to prevent an exploratory drilling by the company Europa Oil & Gas. They spent winter on high alert, looking for signs of bailiffs coming to evict them; now that winter has ended, the task is slightly easier, but the vigilance remains.
An activist looks for campfire wood through the forest near the Leith Hill camp; they rely on their surroundings for warmth, herbal medicine and sometimes food.

A tent built for kids to play in; they are often fascinated by the fortress, but its access is forbidden to the public for security reasons.
An activist poses for a portrait in front of the fortress.
A collection of anti fracking and anarchist objects is displayed on the barrier leading to the drilling site. Activists have created this sort of displays all around the area.
Boots and gloves are set over the extremity of a tent's structural beams, to prevent the future tarp from ripping over the wood.

Despite its beauty, the forest has taken a toll on the activists: most suffer from the isolation of the camp and the harshness of the weather.

A local inhabitant brings food reserves and a warm meal to the Leith Hill Camp. A legal injunction was issued mid February 2017, making it illegal to step on the premises; as a result, locals now often visit at night for discretion.

An activist rests by the fire at night after a day of physical work. Most of the activists who spent the winter on camp are showing signs of exhaustion.

A local supporter fixes a truck's tire near the camp. A legal injunction was issued mid February 2017, making it illegal to step on the premises; as a result, locals now often visit at night for discretion.

An activist chops wood early morning to feed the fire and allow for cooking and brewing tea. At the end of winter, temperatures were still very low and heat is an essential resource.

Breakfast is cooked on the camp's stove. At the end of winter, temperatures were still very low and heat is an essential resource.
An activist picks nettles on the piece of ground he is preparing for a food garden. Residents of the camp try to make the most of their environment, picking food in the lush forest around.
An activist rests in the sun. After a long winter, the coming of Spring has been a relief for the activists.

Scarecrows designed by one of the activists guard the entrance to the Leith Hill camp.
An activist poses for a portrait in front of the Leith Hill Camp fortress.

An activist watches over the toddler of a local supporter, who went around the camp to collect woods. After months living in the forest, moments like these are instrumental in preserving morale.
An activist named Anon sits by the fire at night to warm up on a cold spring night. Anon conceals his identity on a daily basis, both on and off camp.
An activist boils water in preparation for the night shift. The camp is guarded 24/7 to prevent any surprise eviction from the bailiffs.
As the court battle between locals and Europa Oil & Gas unfolds, there's very little development in sight. Therefore, activists are organising for a long-term occupation.