ACRES OF OPPORTUNITY



Llyndy

Wales YFC and the National Trust Eryri are beginning the search for the fifth Llyndy Isaf Scholar.

Llyndy Isaf is a 614 acre upland livestock unit in the Nant Gwynant Valley. The partnership between Wales YFC and the National Trust Eryri gives one lucky YFC member the chance to live on the farm and manage the land for a whole year. Applications for the fifth scholar open on Monday 1st May and will close on Friday 19th May.

The Llyndy Isaf Scholarship will give someone the opportunity to become skilled at decision-making, business management, and animal husbandry by running a working upland farm. YFC members aged 18 to 26 are encouraged to apply for this fantastic opportunity to help them take a step onto the farming ladder. The scholar will receive a salary of circa £18,731 as well as being responsible for the farm budget. Accommodation and access to a National Trust farm vehicle are also provided as part of the package.

This year’s scholarship will be launched at the Wales YFC Field Day in Ynys Môn on Saturday 29th of April. Wales YFC and National Trust Eryri including the current scholar, James Evans are keen to welcome members to Llyndy Isaf to learn more about the opportunity. If you are interested in visiting Llyndy Isaf please contact the Wales YFC office to make arrangements.

The initiative will provide the successful candidate with the opportunities to develop personal skills in areas such as stock management, business skills, self-confidence including public speaking, and practical work through a series of formal and informal training and work experience. The scholar will also have the opportunity to work in other National Trust departments and locations including the neighbouring farm, Hafod y Llan. The Hafod y Llan farm manager, Arwyn Owen and shepherd Elgan Jones will also act as mentors to the scholar to provide advice, support and guidance.

“This is a unique opportunity for a Wales YFC member to live and work in the Snowdonia National Park. In addition to managing the land the scholar will gain an insight into the agricultural industry post farm gate. It is pleasing to see each scholar develop excellent agricultural skills and to follow them on their journey after leaving Llyndy Isaf” said, Morys Ioan, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman.

Speaking on behalf of National Trust Eryri, Trystan Edwards said; “The National Trust are proud to be working with Wales YFC on this project. This is a fantastic opportunity for a young farmer to experience what it is like to run an 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.”

An application pack containing a role profile and guidance pack is available from the Wales YFC Centre and for download from the website at www.yfc-wales.org.uk. If you are interested in applying or would like some more information please contact Helen Evans helen.evans@yfc-wales.org.uk; 01982 553502 You can also follow James on twitter @LlyndyIsaf.

Photos: © National Trust/Paul Harris