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Llyndy Isaf farm

Llyndy Isaf in the heart of Snowdonia © National Trust

Llyndy Isaf in the heart of Snowdonia

Llyndy Isaf, an extraordinary 614-acre upland farm and home to the legend of the Welsh dragon was bought by donations to the Snowdonia Appeal early in 2012.

The successful £1 million fundraising campaign was supported by Welsh actor Mathew Rhys in his role as Snowdonia Appeal Ambassador.

More than 20,000 people donated to the cause, helping ensure this special place will be looked after for generations to come.

Annual scholarship

The first scholar, Caryl Hughes, with mentor Arwyn Owen at Llyndy Isaf © Keith Morris

The first scholar, Caryl Hughes, with mentor Arwyn Owen at Llyndy Isaf

In a unique partnership with the Federation of Wales Young Farmer's Clubs, we are providing an annual 13-month scholarship for a young farmer to gain valuable conservation-farming experience at Llyndy Isaf.

Training is a vital part of the scholarship and neighbouring Hafod y Llan Farm Manager, Arwyn Owen is also on hand to offer guidance.

The first Llyndy Isaf scholar, Caryl Hughes and her sheepdog Mist managed the farm from September 2013 - 14.

Current scholar, Tudur Parry

Tudur Parry gaining valubale sheep husbandry skills © National Trust / Paul Harris

Tudur Parry gaining valubale sheep husbandry skills

After winning the scholarship in July 2014, Tudur Parry, a 21 year-old from Garndolbenmaen is currently farming Llyndy Isaf. 

He started in September and set to work by gathering the sheep down from the slopes to wean the lambs from their mothers, ensuring the lambs were treated for worms, ticks and lice and their tails trimmed.

Third Llyndy scholar announced

Owain and Tudur on the YFC stage at the Royal Welsh Show  © National Trust / Paul Harris

Owain and Tudur on the YFC stage at the Royal Welsh Show

In September 2015 we’ll be seeing new scholar Owain Glyn Jones move into Llyndy Isaf.

For the first month, Tudur and Owain will work together; learning about the farm and flock. Owain has had previous experience with sheep and cattle at home, he’s now looking forward to take on the challenge on his own.

Actor Matthew Rhys mucks in at Llyndy

Welsh Hollywood actor, Matthew Rhys, rolled up his sleeves and helped out on the farm during a visit to Llyndy Isaf in June 2014.


Follow Tudur's progress

Tudur and his sheepdog hering a flock of sheep

From dry stone walling to buying in a Welsh black bull - find out the latest from Llyndy by following Tudur on Twitter and checking out his blog.

Snowdonia appeal

The Watkin path on Snowdon

The Watkin path on Snowdon

It’s no surprise that this rich and dramatic landscape attracts such a high footfall each year. The Snowdonia Appeal allows us to maintain the paths ready for you to enjoy this very special place.

Our Rangers

Footpath maintenance, bridge building, and dry-stone walling, just some of the work carried out by our dedicated team who battle extreme weather and high altitudes to get the essential work done.