Flocking to live in new 16ft Hurst Green hut

The Argus: Flocking to live in new 16ft Hurst Green hut Flocking to live in new 16ft Hurst Green hut

A sheep farmer faced with the prospect of selling his flock has opted for a rather unconventional new abode – a shepherd hut.

Sussex farmer Jo Shippam was faced with the tough decision of buying land to continue his life-long work of sheep farming or selling up and moving to a town.

Determined to continue his livelihood and not fork out a fortune, Mr Shippam invested in a shepherd hut to live in all year round.


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Mr Shippam, of Hurst Green, purchased the hut from Somerset-based Blackdown Shepherd Hut.

He said: “Rising house prices in rural Sussex are being pushed even higher by the lack of supply.

“With energy prices rocketing and wider environmental concerns of new-build bricks and mortar, a traditional purchase at this stage did not seem the wisest solution.”

Mr Shippam and his 11-yearold daughter now proudly reside in the 16ft by 7ft moveable shepherd hut on his 37- acre Yew Tree Farm, right next to his 70-strong flock of sheep.

Mr Shippam added: “After weighing things up and looking at the options I realised a Blackdown Shepherd Hut offers the mobile living space I could design and decorate, an attractive return on investment if I come to sell and vital overflow accommodation should traditional bricks and mortar tempt me back.”

The hut is built on strong oak chassis and has an allweather metal-clad exterior that is robust enough to withstand the elements for years to come.

Inside the walls have been painted yellow with a white ceiling and decorated with a solid oak floor, oak sills and shelves and a fully-fitted Louie Ranger wood-burning stove.

Blackdown’s innovative use of eco-friendly sheep wool insulates the wall cavities and double glazed windows ensure the hut remains cosy and warm even during the cold winter months.

Mr Shippam added: “The cosy Blackdown hut is a terrific buy offering me traditional, timeless accommodation, unobtrusive to the Sussex countryside.”

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10:07am Fri 27 Dec 13

pithound says...

This is brilliant. I just pray that the local authority doesn't spoil this by poking their nose in regards planning permission.
This is brilliant. I just pray that the local authority doesn't spoil this by poking their nose in regards planning permission. pithound

5:08pm Fri 27 Dec 13

melee says...

It is lovely and I'm glad Mr Shippam and his daughter are happy there, however everything he says does sound rather like an advert!
It is lovely and I'm glad Mr Shippam and his daughter are happy there, however everything he says does sound rather like an advert! melee

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