£1 million opportunity for young farmer

One lucky young farmer will win the keys to an iconic one million pound farm in a ground breaking new scholarship launched by the National Trust in Wales today.

Each year one young farmer will be given the opportunity to live in and manage the spectacular 600 acre Snowdonian farm saved for the nation in the National Trust’s one million pound fund-raising appeal last year.

The farm, Llyndy Isaf, on the shores of Llyn Dinas near Beddgelert drew international attention when a campaign to rescue it was spearheaded by Welsh Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys and supported by Catherine Zeta Jones.

Now the National Trust in Wales in partnership with the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) is to encourage the next generation of farmers by offering this incredible corner of Snowdonia to the winner of the National Trust’s Llyndy Isaf Scholarship.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a young farmer to be allowed to run a farm,” said the National Trust’s General Manager for Snowdonia and Llyn, Trystan Edwards.

“With the Trust’s team behind them to offer guidance and support the scholarship winner will have 12 months to make all the day-to-day decisions to successfully manage this iconic upland farm.

“This initiative will ensure that the successful candidate can build their confidence and develop their skills in stock management, business, and practical management through formal and informal training as well as work experience.”

The environmentally important farm is home to many threatened wildlife species of international importance such as kingfishers and otters and is one of the best places in Wales for woodland birds such as nuthatch, spotted flycatcher and pied flycatcher.

Trystan continued: “Llyndy Isaf is the perfect place to learn about conservation farming and to highlight the many ways upland farmers can work with the many thousands who come to Wales to discover and enjoy the landscape.”

The importance of the site to the British public was made clear by the 20,000 donors who dug deep to raise the one million pounds needed to save it forever for everyone in just seven and a half months.

Chief ecutive of Wales YFC Nia Lloyd said: “It’s a great honour to work with the National Trust on this project that will enable one lucky Wales YFC member to manage a working hill farm.

“The scholarship will encourage the successful candidate to develop key skills and broaden their knowledge of the industry. They will have the opportunity and responsibility of managing all aspects of running the farm including form filling, stock management and practical work.

“We will invite interested candidates to discuss this opportunity with us and submit an application form.  Following the interviewing process, the successful scholar will be announced during the 2013 Royal Welsh Show.”

Dafydd Jarrett of NFU Cymru said: “NFU Cymru welcomes any development that provides an opportunity for young people in Welsh Agriculture.

“Skills development for running and taking management responsibility for a hill farm will be an unmissable opportunity for individuals and a way of ensuring stockmen of the highest calibre can develop their own business in future. Welsh Farming needs highly skilled young people to help take the industry forward in future.”

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