Barretts goes Totally Tipi at Green Directions

Barretts goes Totally Tipi at Green Directions

03 June 2013

What do you get if you combine a beautiful location with a fantastic tipi tent and spectacular cooking? Well Sheffield is about to find out!  

Between June 27th and June 30th, James Barrett is opening a ‘pop-up’ restaurant in a Totally Tipi tent at Green Directions. Tables of 8 can be booked for the pop-up restaurant on Thursday (Charity night supporting Kids ‘n’ Cancer), Friday and Saturday nights with a more informal barbecue on Sunday night. During the day on Saturday and Sunday a bistro will offer a set menu with cookery demonstrations on Saturday and a wedding showcase on Sunday. Completing the programme, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the Sheffield JCI are having a networking event on Thursday lunchtime.

The idea was conceived after Mark Woodward of Green Directions met Totally Tipi’s Jay and Laura to talk about collaborating on projects. While discussing a wedding showcase the ‘pop-up’ restaurant plan emerged. To make it all work they needed someone with the culinary expertise to create a great dining experience - which is when James, formerly of Fischers in Baslow and now running a successful bistro and café in Woodseats and Crookes, joined the party.

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 Bookings can be made by calling 07456 555240or email


 For further information please contact: Mark Woodward at Green Directions

0114 230 4722



Mark Woodward (55) a Birmingham-born former music teacher and Ofsted inspector lives with his lawyer partner and four children at Townfield Head Farm, Stannington between Sheffield and the Peak. Mark makes a living out of its homestead and 10 acres from renewable energy, conferencing and small scale food production.

He has had a wind turbine since 2005 and has recently installed another fitted by Rotary Engineering of Sheffield. He has been sourcing ground-heat, from 1.25 kilometres of pipework under an acre of hay meadow and has solar panels on the roof, converting light into electricity. The farm is all electric and produces more electricity than it consumes.

Real experience about renewable energy has become one of the most important products of this old dairy farm which had been stripped back to a smallholding, supplying livery. Mark and his family lived nearby and kept their horses there and when it came up for sale, eight years ago, they bought it inspired by television shows like Grand Designs.

They moved in with their three children and added a fourth, which encouraged Mark to get stuck into developing a home-based business. The eldest, 20, is studying geography at Exeter University. The youngest is now seven.

Mark first created a teaching and conference centre, carved out of the old house and an adjoining barn. They wanted to use the generous spaces available, creating energy needs six or seven times the average house. After six years of trying alternatives, wind has repaid best, but Stannington is a windy location. He then turned his experiences into presentations which tie in with national curriculum requirements to look at global warming and the possible cures. And in between the school parties and the business conferences, he offers briefings and tours for anyone contemplating an investment in alternative energy.

The smallholding itself supports a few horses, grows hay to spare and supplies pork, fruit and vegetables for the conference business kitchen. The pork comes from half a dozen Tamworth weaners a year, bought in and fattened in an outdoor paddock to eight or nine months old. New ventures are hand-made chocolates and Continental-style charcuterie (watch out for Sheffield Salami) and in 2012 the launch of ‘green weddings’.

Mark regularly speaks on the following topics to schools, businesses and the media:

  • Renewable energy in business and domestic settings, offsetting and income generation
  • Climate change
  • Farming and creating alternative sources of income on a smallholding
  • Ethical, locally-produced food
  • Rearing animals for food
  • Green weddings
  • Juggling being a businessperson and ‘hands-on dad’

To find out more about Green Directions, school or business green technology tours, conferencing and green weddings, contact Mark Woodward at Townfield Head Farm, Stannington on 0114 230 4722 or 07527 553712  or check out the website