What’s in a name?
The Peak District National Park is divided into the Dark Peak and the White Peak; each with its own distinct and remarkable character. The Dark Peak offers rugged, heather covered moorland with outcrops of gnarled gritstone which are the delight of rock climbers the world over.
The White Peak by contrast is a fertile farming landscape with a bedrock of cave riddled limestone at its heart and a network of deep dales strewn with wild flowers above.
Tideswell is a pretty working village and the one that White Peak Shepherd Huts is lucky enough to call home and (yes, you’ve guessed it) it sits at the heart of the White Peak. We love everything that the landscape and community around us has to offer so we very proudly named our business after this wonderful part of Derbyshire.
Why Shepherd huts?
We have a small field for our tiny flock of sheep overlooking a pretty dale which we wanted to spend more time enjoying regardless of the season. For us it was simple, the field was crying out for the traditional charm of a shepherd hut so we combined our skills and set about building one. As people saw the hut taking shape we began to get build requests. We enjoyed the experience of building ours so much, we thought why not… and White Peak Shepherd Huts was born.
Now we have a large workshop where we can build up to eight huts at a time and we work with clients across the UK. The huts we create are based on traditional designs and enhanced by modern build standards to produce an authentic hut that will be around for generations to come; and we get the pleasure of knowing that each hut we create is a little piece of history in the making.
Who are we?
On leaving school Glenn decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and took up an apprenticeship to become a joiner. After pursuing this career path for several years he added to his stable of skills and qualified as an electrician.
For 6 years, Glenn took his skills overseas, working most notably in Hong Kong, Canada and Australia. After travelling much of the world Glenn realised that his heart belonged to the UK and he returned home.
On meeting Josephine, Glenn moved out to the beautiful Peak District. Once there, inspired by his surroundings Glenn, together with his father, built his first shepherd hut.
Glenn spends his spare time renovating the dilapidated stone cottage that he shares with Josephine.
Josephine is passionate about design and having studied at art college she went on to become a garden designer.
When Josephine’s son was young she took on a part-time sales and marketing job to fit in around school. One thing led to another, as these things often do and Josephine’s life changed direction leading her into a corporate career. To fulfil her artistic inclinations during this time, Josephine wrote several well respected children’s books.
Now her son is grown Josephine has left the corporate world behind and she delights in designing the shepherd huts, especially the twiddly bits!
Josephine spends her spare time growing veggies and tending to their tiny flock of sheep.
Meet the rest of the team
Jack is WPSH’s Account Manager and environmental champion. His passion for conservation has seen Jack study environmental management and biological science. He has taken his skills overseas where he lived and worked on a Honduran island researching the preservation of its endangered species. Jack also worked on a natural disaster relief program with the Philippine government where he learned first-hand how climate change is affecting their country.
Jack enjoys kayaking and walking his seriously cute yet notoriously grumpy Schnorkie, Louie. Jack is also Josephine’s son!
Clare is WPSH’s trainee shepherd hut builder and resident wonder woman, somehow expertly dividing her time between joinery and single handily raising her two lovely girls.
Clare came to WPSH with a background of teaching at a forest school and she brings with her the capacity to be practical, efficient, and to demonstrate extreme patience when Josephine undoes a week’s work because she wants it to be prettier!
During her spare time Clare and her girls can be found adventuring around the Peak District with their chocolate Labrador, Obie.
The four-legged ones
Barney, Louie and Obie are White Peak Shepherd Huts’ resident hounds. No one gets a free ride here so they’re put to work around the office and workshop.
Duties range from loudly announcing the arrival of delivery drivers, testing the efficiency of the wood burning stoves
to organising wood
and providing a comfortable seat!