UKs most off-grid community hidden in woods where hippies make cider for cash

An off-grid community hidden deep in the woods of the English countryside is home to residents who pay just £120-a-month in rent, and earn cash by selling cider.

The Tinkers Bubble commune is in 40 acres of Somerset countryside that currently houses nine residents, but numbers have fluctuated since it opened in the mid 1990s. The commune comprises of eight self-built houses, made from wood, straw, cob walls and reeds recycled from local thatched cottages.

"We’re money poor but otherwise rich!" the website chimes, adding that money is made mainly through forestry, apple work and gardening.

READ MORE: Earth opens massive crack 'like film 2012' as thousands evacuated over volcano eruption

For the latest brilliantly bizarre news from the Daily Star, click here.

Since its creation the commune has seen eight babies born on site.

One resident, Alex, told Positive.News that the self-reliance creates a feeling of "empowerment".

"Most of our food is grown or killed by us. Our fuel is wood we’ve chopped. It feels empowering, we’re not reliant on shops," he said.

Alex, a former civil engineer, relocated to the west country commune two years ago after starting as a volunter.

They explained the lure of the eco-commune, claiming challenges around mental health and isolation in urban society fed into their decision.

"If I look at the crises of modernity, there’s so many aspects, whether it is loneliness, mental health, housing, access to food, climate change – life here provides an answer to a lot of that stuff in one go," Alex said.

  • Humans could live on Mars after scientists extracted oxygen from Martian rock

Join the Daily Star's WhatsApp for the sexiest headlines, showbiz gossip and lots more

The Daily Star is now on WhatsApp and we want you to join us!

Through the app, we'll send you the sassiest showbiz stories, some naught headline and a seismic smattering of aliens…along with the latest breaking news of course.

To join our community, all you have to do to join is click on this link, select 'Join Chat' and you're in!

No one will be able to see who has sign up and no one can send messages except for the Daily Star team. We also treat our community members to competitions, special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners.

If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. To leave our community click on the name at the top of your screen and choose Exit group. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.


Most that live in Tinkers Bubble in their late-20s to mid-30s, as the strenuous work required to upkeep the commune does not suit older people, Alex said.

The commune has two cows, which are milked by the residents. They also have chickens and grow much of their other food.

They manage around 28 acres of woodland, used to create their own fuel.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.

Source: Read Full Article