Yorkshire Shepherdess gets first haircut in 30 years for children's charity

  • Report by Sarah Clark


Amanda Owen is a shepherd and writer based in the Yorkshire Dales, better known as the Yorkshire Shepherdess.

She was just 12-years-old when she last got her hair cut but now, 30 years later, she decided to do it again for charity.

Credit: Amanda Owen

Amanda and five of her nine children decided to have their hair chopped to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust, which helps to provide real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss.

Amanda, her husband Clive and nine children, live on one of the most remote farms in the North Yorkshire Dales, along with dogs, horses, ponies and more than 1,000 sheep.

Amanda was born in Huddersfield, despite being a ‘townie’ by birth, she developed a love of the great outdoors from an early age set her heart on becoming a shepherdess and left Huddersfield to follow her farming dream. 

It's exciting. The nerves are kicking in shall we say. I am used to doling out hair cuts to sheep so it's a bit different to be on the receiving end.

Amanda Owen, Yorkshire Shepherdess