A mother from Gloucestershire has taken her family ‘off grid’ to live in the woods as part of a climate change protest.

Mum-of-three Ellie Sumpter is attempting to live ‘off grid’ for up to a fortnight to show solidarity with activists from Extinction Rebellion, who are demonstrating in London.

Her three children - 12-year-old Ivy, 10-year-old Soul and two-year-old Osho - have also taken part, though Ivy has chosen to spend some nights at a friend’s.

The family pictured next to their temporary shelter. Credit: Gloucetershire Live

The family spent their first night in the wild in woodlands outside Nailsworth, sleeping in a shelter that Ellie made herself.

‘I have always given my children choices’

I don't like living in a house so I am enjoying it and my sons are well happy cooking on the burner. It's cold in the morning but most of the time it's lovely and toasty. My daughter went on the second night. I think it was about privacy rather than comfort, because she likes her own space but she's back now. I have always given my children choices and allowed them to make their own decisions. That doesn't mean they don't have any rules. There are lots of rules and they have to play by them. But this one is up to her. It is Rebellion after all.


Ivy slept in the camp on Saturday but spent Sunday away, returning to the camp with chocolates on Monday for her mum's birthday when she stayed the night.

Home-schooled Ivy says she supports Extinction Rebellion and tries to live an eco-lifestyle but just did not fancy sleeping outdoors on Monday night.

Ivy opted to sleep at a friend's house for one night. Credit: Gloucestershire Live

I just don't feel like doing it right now.


The family were originally going to camp in the capital as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests but Ellie had doubts about taking them into a crowded city and is also wary about 5G.

Ellie made the family's shelter. Credit: Gloucestershire Live

I was worried about trying to keep an eye on three children in the city.