National Trust offers Llyndy Isaf to young farmer for year

Llyndy Isaf The successful candidate will manage the farm and its 600 acres

Related Stories

A young farmer will be offered the keys to a £1m farm in Snowdonia as part of a new one-year scholarship.

One candidate will be chosen annually to manage 600-acre (240ha) Llyndy Isaf in Gwynedd with support from specialists at the National Trust (NT).

It bought the farm after a public fundraising campaign last year backed by Welsh actors Matthew Rhys and Catherine Zeta Jones among others.

The Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) will select candidates.

To be eligible for the Llyndy Isaf Scholarship, candidates have to be members of Wales YFC and aged between 18-26.

Candidates will be invited for interview and shortlisted before the first successful candidate is revealed next year.

Wales YFC chief executive Nia Lloyd said the successful candidate would have the opportunity and responsibility of managing all aspects of running the farm from practical work and stock management to administration.

Lake at Llyndy Isaf The job involves conservation work on the estate which includes a lake

The campaign to buy the property in the Nant Gwynant valley, which includes the Llyn Dinas lake, was the NT's biggest countryside appeal since its drive to save Snowdon more than a decade ago.

Trystan Edwards, the NT's farming adviser for Wales, said the candidate would have support to manage the farm, which is also home to threatened species like kingfishers and otters, from staff working in Snowdonia.

"This initiative will ensure that the successful candidate can build their confidence and develop their skills," said Mr Edwards.

Dafydd Jarrett, NFU Cymru policy adviser, said the union welcomed any development that provides an opportunity for young people in agriculture.

"Welsh farming needs highly skilled young people to help take the industry forward in future," he said.

"Skills development for running and taking management responsibility for a hill farm will be an unmissable opportunity."

The NT says about 20,000 people helped to raise £1m to save the farm in under eight months after it was put on the market by the former owner who was retiring and had no one to carry on the work.

In 1998, Sir Anthony Hopkins helped raise £4m to buy the Hafod y Llan estate on the southern flank of Snowdon when he got involved in a similar appeal.

Llyndy Isaf Home from home: One young farmer will live at the farm for a year

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North West Wales

Weather

Anglesey

12 °C 5 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ChildMovie magic

    What do the similarities in children's movies reveal about cinema - and us?

Programmes

  • A motorised skateboadThe Travel Show Watch

    The motorised skateboard which can reach speeds of 17mph (27 km/h) and other travel technology

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.