The Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland is one of the last old-growth forests in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Despite the protection that this should give, the polish government is currently logging the forest against an order from the European Unions’ top court in 2017 to halt the practice.

In response to this, a dynamic group of protesters calling themselves ‘Obóz dla Puszczy’ or ‘Camp for the Primeval Forest’ have been actively blocking the works and gathering information that can be used as evidence for the European Unions’ court case against the Polish government.

In October 2017 I visited the forest, the protesters, local residents and the surrounding area to see for myself how such a conflict unfolds on the ground on a daily basis.