Llyndy Isaf Scholarship

An upland farm in Snowdonia that's offering young farmers a chance to gain practical experience in nature friendly farming.

Following a successful appeal to safeguard the farm in 2011, we’ve been working with Wales YFC to offer an annual 13-month paid scholarship, for Wales YFC members between the ages of 18 – 26 for the past 5 years. 

" It’s a fantastic opportunity for a young farmer to gain valuable practical experience managing a farm."
- Mentor, Arwyn Owen

What’s involved?

In addition to managing a flock of Welsh Mountain ewes and a herd of Welsh Black cattle, the farm takes part in the Glastir Agri-Environment scheme and includes several Sites of Scientific Special Interest (SSSI) so there’s a strong emphasis on conservation farming. 

Scholars help manage the control of invasive species such as Rhododendron and carry out practical maintenance such as walling and fencing. They’re also encouraged to attend training courses, such as tractor driving, trailer towing, animal husbandry and shearing.

In addition to gaining valuable farming experience and qualifications, the successful scholar receives a salary and the keys to a two-bedroom flat on the farm. 

Taking stock

The scholarship has been running for 5 years so we are currently working with Wales YFC to review the format so that we continue to offer the best possible oppotunity for young people. As such we will not be recruiting a new scholar this year. 

Hafod y Llan Farm manager and scholarship mentor, Arwyn Owen, explains: “Some of the feedback we’ve received about the scholarship is that an annual scholarship of 13 months isn’t quite long enough. And so we’ve decided to trial a three-year experience with the current scholar, Teleri Fielden. This experience will be more like an apprenticeship and will help develop both the young farmer and the farm.

If you’re interested in learning more about the scholarship, we welcome group visits - contact us to arrange a tour of the farm. 

Timeline

2011

Thanks to you…

Over 20,000 people donated towards our £1million appeal - spearheaded by Welsh Hollywood actor, Matthew Rhys – allowing us to safeguard the farm and its rich wildlife for future generations.

Welsh Hollywood actor, Matthew Rhys at Llyn Dinas

2012

We team up with Wales YFC

To offer an exciting scholarship programme, aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers and maintaining traditions.

Llyn Dinas in Llyndy Isaf, Gwynedd, Wales.

2013

Caryl Hughes wins the first scholarship

It had been a while since the land was farmed, so when the first scholar, Caryl Hughes from Dyffryn Ceiriog, began she had her work cut out setting the place up and buying in stock.

Caryl Hughes and her dog Mist looking out over Llyn Dinas