Revealed: Activists behind Just Stop Oil's Chelsea Flower Show stunt
Eco-zealots behind ‘moronic’ Chelsea Flower Show stunt revealed: Gang includes architect, psychologist and serial activist who ‘spends as much times as possible in her garden’ and says she is ‘sick and tired of being treated like a criminal’
The three ‘moron’ eco-ultras who stormed the Chelsea Flower Show and wrecked a garden all claim to be green-fingered with one helping run a ‘therapeutic gardening’ project for refugees, MailOnline can reveal today.
Stephanie Golder, 35, Naomi Goddard, 58, and Rosa Hicks, 28, threw orange powder paint from their handbags across the flowers and hard landscaping of the RBC Brewin Dolphin garden.
One irate woman picked up a hose and doused them with water as they lectured witnesses who were only there to enjoy the sustainable gardens – including the one they damaged. Some have pointed out their hypocrisy given their passion for the environment – and pointed out that zero waste from the Chelsea Flower Show goes to landfill.
But the trio of eco-activists still attacked the world’s most famous gardening event – just as three of their comrades caused outrage by kidnapping three lambs from a royal farm.
At the vanguard was landscape architect and council clerk Goddard, who at the peak of her protesting was being arrested at a rate of four times a month.
Hosed down: A visitor at the Chelsea Flower Show gives the eco-zealots a shower after they invade a sustainable garden. 1 – The flood expert : A landscape architect from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, 58-year-old Naomi Goddard. 2 – The serial activist : Stephanie Golder, a 35-year-old charity project co-ordinator from Southend 3 – The psychologist : Rosa Hicks, a 28-year-old disability support worker from London who appears to have got into protesting on her gap year to Australia
Goddard was heard to shout: ‘Humanity is failing. Everything that you hold dear is in peril. The flower gardens that you treasure. The buildings that you adore. Our traditions. What is the point of a garden if you can’t feed yourself?’
Speaking yesterday Goddard claimed she was risking losing her job because of her protesting, despite being described by the protest group as retired. She is listed as the clerk of Wadsworth Parish Council.
She somehow connected her counter-productive protest with the flooding of her hometown of Hebden Bridge in recent years, claiming it has ‘flooded on five occasions over the last eight years. Soiled sewage-stuffed flood water, pouring into folks’ properties, school rooms, and places of work and destroying rigorously tended gardens’.
However, she did not see fit to mention that the area has experienced repeated flooding for centuries.
Her friend and activist Stephanie Golder is also a serial offender who rather ironically claims to ‘spend as much time as possible in her garden growing food and flowers’ despite badly damaging one yesterday.
The third and youngest protester was Rosa Hicks, a 28-year-old disability support worker from London. According to her LinkedIn profile she has been involved with efforts to help refugees with ‘therapeutic gardening’.
Charity worker Golder was arrested last April for shutting down two M25 service stations.
At the time, the activist bemoaned that she was ‘sick and tired of being treated like a criminal’ – just as her friend was smashing petrol pumps.
She works for the Alexandra Rose Charity and, rather ironically, claims to ‘spend as much time as possible in her garden growing food and flowers’.
She said previously: ‘I’m sick and tired of being treated like a criminal for standing up for what is right.
‘The real criminals are those refusing to act on the climate emergency, it’s truly genocidal for our government to give new licences for oil exploration.
‘The poorest in this country need help with their energy bills now. But instead the government’s energy strategy fails to mention energy saving measures such as insulation and instead prioritises a ”plan” which puts us on a fast-track for climate chaos.’
Naomi Goddard (pictured left) was heard to shout: ‘Humanity is failing. Everything that you hold dear is in peril. The flower gardens that you treasure. The buildings that you adore. Our traditions. What is the point of a garden if you can’t feed yourself?’
Golder works for the Alexandra Rose Charity and ironically claims to ‘spend as much time as possible in her garden growing food and flowers’
Rosa Hicks describes herself as an Extinction Rebellion activist on her LinkedIn
And the youngest of the three arrested, Hicks recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in psychology – after taking a year out to fly to Australia to study abroad.
There she appears to have got herself in trouble with the law in Perth, Western Australia, but was cleared in a case that made headline in the UK and Australia.
She describes herself as passionate about social justice and was previously an activist for Extinction Rebellion.
According to her LinkedIn profile she has been involved with efforts to help refugees with ‘therapeutic gardening’.
Yesterday’s incidents were the latest in a series that includes a paint attack on the World Snooker Championships and a bid to sabotage the Grand National.
Parliament might now have to bring in stronger punishments, according to Tory veteran Peter Bone.
The MP said: ‘When a very, very tiny minority is ruining the lives of other people, action needs to be taken. If this were to continue and the current laws are not strong enough, the Government will have to introduce new laws.
‘We are not talking about peaceful protest. This completely ruins the lives of the vast majority of people. We just can’t carry on like this.’
Yesterday’s chaos began with three Animal Rising activists presenting themselves to Slough Police after announcing they had taken three lambs from Appleton Farm on the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
They included Rose Patterson, 33, who was previously arrested on suspicion of leading the group’s plot to sabotage the Grand National, as uncovered by The Mail on Sunday.
Three Just Stop Oil activists vandalised a show garden at Chelsea Flower Show
A woman dampened the protest by grabbing a hose pipe and drenching the three intruders until she was stopped by a security guard
The three activists said they rescued the lambs – dubbed Sammy, Sunny and Sooty – late on Wednesday night to save them from slaughter.
After concerns were raised that the animals – whose location is unknown – would be distressed after being separated from their mothers, the group claimed taking the ewes as well was not possible. They said they ‘hid’ the lambs before handing themselves in.
An hour later three Just Stop Oil activists vandalised a show garden at Chelsea Flower Show.
A woman dampened the protest by grabbing a hose pipe and drenching the three intruders until she was stopped by a security guard.
Another bystander could be heard shouting at the protesters that they were ‘prats’. The trio were arrested by police on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the garden which was showcasing sustainability.
Gareth Wilson, its award-winning designer, said: ‘These people are absolute morons who have failed to do their homework.
‘The Royal Horticultural Society is massively – probably more than any other organisation of its kind – moving heaven and earth to push for sustainability. It just won’t accept your design if it is not sustainable.
‘If they were doing this protest outside an oil refinery or a company that was using oil or polluting the atmosphere, or pouring oil into rivers I would have a little bit of sympathy.
‘But these morons have come into a sustainable showground. They are working against their own cause.’
Three animal rights zealots trespassed on Appleton Farm in Norfolk and bundled the lambs into a van – separating them from their distressed mothers
Mr Wilson said the mainly recyclable display had been permanently damaged by the orange ‘biodegradable cornstarch’.
Tory MP Greg Smith, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on farming, said of the Sandringham incident: ‘You can’t dress it up as protest, or campaigning, or being some sort of cuddly group of do-gooders. Those involved need to face the consequences under the law.’
Paul Scully, Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, accused the flower show activists of ‘losing yet more public support for their cause’.
He added: ‘As green an event as can be, attended by some of the most environmentally aware people, yet Just Stop Oil target gardens which have taken months of hard work and nature to prepare. This needs action by Met Police.’
Conservative Party chairman Greg Hands, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham, said: ‘This is an appalling attack by Just Stop Oil on the Chelsea Flower Show, literally Britain’s greenest event. This is utterly contemptible.’
Trying to justify her actions, Golder, who lives in Southend, said: ‘I disrupted the Chelsea Flower Show to ask the visitors, exhibitors and the RHS to pick a side. To stand for good over evil, life over death, right over wrong.
‘To stand with the young and the billions of people in the global south whose lives are being cut short by climate collapse.
‘If you love gardens or growing food, you must join in civil resistance against new oil and gas.’
Golder, who works for the Alexandra Rose Charity which helps low-income families to buy fruit and vegetables, was arrested in April last year for shutting down two M25 service stations.
Stronger powers to allow officers to crack down on protests are going through parliament.
Lambs snatched from their mothers ‘must be terrified’
By Sabrina Miller
Farmers, countryside campaigners and MPs last night condemned the ‘traumatising’ stunt pulled off by militant vegans after they took three lambs from the King’s Sandringham Estate.
The three animal rights zealots trespassed on Appleton Farm in Norfolk and bundled the lambs into a van – separating them from their distressed mothers.
Rose Paterson, 33, Rosa Sharkey, 23, and Sarah Foy, 23, filmed themselves ‘rescuing’ the lambs and spiriting them away.
The group claim that the young animals are being cared for in a dedicated sancutary with specialist staff but did not reveal its location.
Sheep farming specialists lambasted the group’s reckless antics and urged Animal Rising to return the sheep to their mothers.
Rose Paterson (left), 33, Rosa Sharkey (middle), 23, and Sarah Foy (right), 23, filmed themselves ‘rescuing’ the lambs and spiriting them away
In an Instagram video Rose Patterson (left), 33, said: ‘We just rescued three beautiful lambs from a field in Sandringham. We’ll be taking them to a life of freedom otherwise they would have been sent to slaughter shortly for people to eat them. We don’t think that’s right or fair for these beautiful animals’
Nicola Noble of the National Sheep Association said: ‘The mothers have likely spent the last 24 hours scouring the field for their lambs, bleating endlessly with no hope of finding them.
‘These animals would no doubt have been terrified as they were chased and manhandled by complete strangers.’
‘Being bundled into the back of a dark van would have been highly distressing for the sheep involved – not to mention the risk of potential disease contamination. The lambs, I imagine, will be endlessly bleating, hopelessly calling out in search for their mothers.’
Gareth Wyn Jones, 56, a sheep farmer with over five decades of experience, said that the protesters were likely to have terrified the lambs. He added: ‘These people are absolutely bonkers.
‘It’s distressing for these animals to be handled wrongly by amateur strangers. They must have chased the sheep around in order to catch them – stressing them out. And taking lambs away from their mothers is incredibly cruel.
‘Animal Rising have been flaunting this all over social media as well. They need to be made an example of.’
The trio handed themselves into police in Slough. Norfolk Police have confirmed they are investigating an alleged theft and have said that three women remain in custody.
In an Instagram video Rose Patterson, 33, said: ‘We just rescued three beautiful lambs from a field in Sandringham. We’ll be taking them to a life of freedom otherwise they would have been sent to slaughter shortly for people to eat them. We don’t think that’s right or fair for these beautiful animals.’
Last night MPs and campaigners joined the criticism. Former farms minister George Eustice said: ‘Actions of this sort are highly irresponsible and possibly very bad for the welfare of young lambs who should not be separated from their mothers.’
Mo Metcalf Fisher of the Countryside Alliance, condemned the ‘selfish’ stunt and urged the Government to prosecute.
He added: ‘Amateurs with no real understanding of livestock care risk causing considerable distress to any animal they seek to steal.’
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