Julie was brought up in Sheffield and worked in and studied law before moving to London in the early 70s. She met and married her husband and moved to Portsmouth where her two children were born.
In the early 80s Julie lived in Yorkshire again and studied construction becoming a qualified carpenter and plumber. It was here amongst friends that she became interested in ‘living politics’ and joined CND and then travelled to see the first women at Greenham Common. Julie is also the only person to cross Menwith Hill since the Americans made their base there siting the law of England which does not allow the closing of a Right of Way without a Court Order. The Police agreed and an Inspector escorted Julie across the hill.
Upon returning to work in London and Surrey Julie worked at the DHSS until the job became untenable at which point she left work and started a charity to change the land laws of the country, investigate ecological design and techniques eventually using the knowledge to build houses for the homeless in Kings Cross using her own breathing wall cassette panel.
After the Channel Tunnel arrived and her project was destroyed, Julie went to agricultural college and lived in a cottage on the moors of Northumberland without electricity. Upon returning to Yorkshire and Derbyshire Julie worked for a few years as a Labour Councillor but as the lie of austerity began to take hold and even colleagues started blaming ordinary working people for the national debt instead of Banksters, Julie decided to start a new venture called The Big Red Food Shed to show that with a little planning and ingenuity everyone could have cheap good food. The project works with people on probation, adults with learning difficulties and adults with mental health issues.
Julie’s experiment at The Big Red Food Shed in Chesterfield has been noted by The Ministry of Justice and Julie was asked to repeat the success in Chesterfield at HMP Ranby working alongside prisoners ‘Released on Temporary Licence’. To date she has worked alongside ‘the lads’ clearing the 10 acres site, making them soup at lunchtime and creating an office, sitting room, kitchen and loos in a derelict building. During the next 9 months they will also make 6 prisoner rooms, a spiritual garden in the main prison and build a Farm Shop.
Motto: For those who think it is impossible, please make way for those who are already doing it.