The Red Shepherdess
The Red Shepherdess AKA Hannah Jackson is a 28-year-old ex-city dweller who left Liverpool for the peace and quiet of the rural countryside. A captivating speaker and the author of Call Me Red, she writes for news and the farming press. She also appears regularly contributes to the BBC's Countryfile.
About The Red Shepherdess
It hasn’t been an easy ride for the The Red Shepherdess. Hannah has experienced sexism and resentment from the farming old school, as well as unpleasant trolling online. Indeed she has spoken out about her personal experiences in the press on a number of occasions. She is also an entertaining speaker who shares her remarkable journey and her passions for rural life. In 2020 she launched her own range of clothing a year ago, comprising practical sweatshirts, hoodies, and hats.
The Red Shepherdess graduated with a BSc in Animal Behaviour and at 20 took a life changing decision to head from Wirral, up to Cumbria to pursue her dreams. To embark on a career working with animals.
Full of passion, enthusiasm and commitment Hannah threw herself into every challenge possible. As a result, she carved a place in a male dominated industry, One she had no prior connection with. Furthermore it wasn’t an easy task for this young Scouse with dyed red hair.
Luckily Hannah’s passion for the countryside runs deep. Brought up in a family who really valued the British countryside, its natural beauty and its abundance of native wildlife. She says, “as a family we were always outside. We went on camping trips, visited tourists’ farm visits and were always in the local park”
Her parents quickly recognised her connection between animals and wildlife. As a result they have constantly encouraged her to pursue her dreams and grab them with both hands.
Even as a child she called herself ‘Dr Dolittle’ and from the age of four told everyone she would ‘work with animals forever’. Certainly, that dream has come true as that’s exactly what she’s doing.
Instantly recognisable as the Red Shepherdess, thanks to her popular YouTube videos documenting her life, she is now a first-generation farmer. She runs her recently acquired 26-acre family smallholding in the beautiful Eden Valley. The small holding has 85 commercial ewes, two Highland cattle, 1 Tamworth sow and two pygmy goats. She is also a self-employed contract shepherdess working with her two border collies throughout Cumbria.
“Firstly my mind is blown daily by the beauty of the landscape I work in. Secondly, I have been accepted in the strong local community. And thirdly, there are the animals and characters I am continually working with.”
Hannah absolutely loves her life and says she is truly living the dream she always wanted. But she had to work very hard to get and it hasn’t come easy. It has been challenging and demanding along the way but she believes those hurdles make it even more satisfying and rewarding. Because three years on she can see how far she’s come.
Documenting her journey and life through photography Hannah offers an insight into the world she loves and feels so humbled to be a part of. She is grateful for every morning she is able to step outside into fresh air no matter what the weather is throwing at her.
Clients include the Welsh Government, The Jockey and The Great Yorkshire Show