A vet has turned his back on the rat race to spend a year in an isolated community for a Channel 4 series.

In March 2016, 23 men and women entered Eden, a remote 600-acre site in the Scottish Highlands where they will spend a year building a new life and creating a society from scratch.

Eden
28-year-old vet Robert P has joined 22 other volunteers to live for a year in Eden.

Together, they will decide how they want to live as a community where they are cut off from the rest of the world and all modern conveniences.

Only the essentials

Participants could only take what they could carry and, in terms of resources, only have the basics to kick-start the experience, including the tools of their trade.

Among the contestants are a life-coach, a hunter, a doctor, a chef, a carpenter and 28-year-old vet Robert P, who admitted he was nervous yet excited about meeting new people.

New friendships

He said: “It could be great, or I could be thinking, ‘this is going to be a long year’.

“I’m excited about making a group of friends – probably not all of them, but I hope a great bunch of pals. Whatever happens, I won’t be bored, and that’s the thing about today.

“When you leave university and enter professional life, people suddenly become a lot less open to making new friends. You get to an age where you’ve got your friends and that’s it. So new friends would be nice.”

Shaping their future

In Eden there are no tasks, no winner and it’s down to the contributors to shape what success looks like over the year. The series aims to challenge everything about modern living, raising questions about what we need to be happy, what we want from our communities and how we are influenced by society as a whole, the programme makers said.

  • Eden is on Channel 4 on Mondays at 9pm and available on catch-up for a limited time.
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