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Mr Simon Burgess and Miss Susan Moran during their time spent living in Stapleford Woods. Their experience features in a television programme, The Real Bad Lands, on Thursday.
Mr Simon Burgess and Miss Susan Moran during their time spent living in Stapleford Woods. Their experience features in a television programme, The Real Bad Lands, on Thursday.
A couple who turned their backs on a conventional lifestyle and set up home in Stapleford Woods for six months will feature in a television programme, The Real Bad Lands, on Thursday.
Mr Simon Burgess (25) of London Road, Balderton, moved into the woods with his then girlfriend, Miss Susan Moran (26) in May after they both became disillusioned with their jobs and wanted to try living away from the stresses and strains of normal life.

Mr Burgess worked for a mobile phone company and Miss Moran had a job in a supermarket.

Their new life was filmed by Mr Craig Ford and Mr Tim Clark, of Rockwood Pictures, for Current TV.

The documentary will be shown as part of its Quarter Life Crisis series that looks at why people in their 20s can struggle to deal with stress and pressure.

The couple were filmed four times during their time in the woods.

At the start both were optimistic but as the documentary progresses it monitors the low points too, and the eventual break-up of their relationship.

They lived in a tent pitched in the middle of the woods away from footpaths.

Mr Burgess said they were rarely disturbed.

They had £1,500 which they used to buy food and drink when they walked from the woods into Newark.

They lived on basic rations such as tinned soup and beans cooked on a gas camping stove.

They washed their clothes in streams and kept themselves clean by washing with bottled water. A torch provided light at night.

Mr Burgess said initially they had wanted to live as basically as possible but eventually they became bored without any source of entertainment and so bought a battery-operated stereo.

He said friends visited and they also met up with them when they went into Newark.

Mr Burgess said he enjoyed living away from the rest of the world, but it had been hard on their relationship and Miss Moran left him and their tented home in November.

He no longer had contact with her and she was no longer in Newark.

He remained in the woods until December when his money ran out and he decided to return to a proper home and a job as a chef at Zizzi’s in Newark.

Mr Burgess: “Some people take a year out and this was my time out,” he said.

“I don’t regret it and would like to try something like this again but perhaps somewhere else.”

Quarter Life Crisis will be shown on Thursday at 10pm on Sky Channel 183 and Virgin Channel 155.

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