Snowdonia Shepherdess

Young Farmer, Teleri Fielden and her sheep dog stand on a craggy snow sprinkled outcrop overlooking Llyndy Isaf farm and Llyn Dinas lake.

As part of BBC One’s ‘Our Lives’ strand, follow the story of the young first generation farmer, Teleri Fielden, as she learns the ropes during her first year managing a challenging upland farm in Snowdonia.

The half hour programme, airing Monday 13 August at 7.30pm, tells the compelling story of Teleri’s highs and lows at Llyndy Isaf farm. Documented through the annual farming calendar, viewers can follow her every step of the way.

Originally from Meifod, Powys, 27-year-old Teleri explained, “I haven’t been brought up on a farm, so activities that might come as second nature for practised farmers are relatively new to me and as such can be a bit more challenging.”

Challenges of farm life

Watch her adapt to farm life, from the long cold winter and exhausting lambing season to reaching important mile stones such as passing her trailer towing test and selling stock at the market.

You can follow her progress as she shadows experienced shepherds from Hafod y Llan and tries to train her young sheep dog, Roy, in the art of gathering sheep.

5th farming scholar, Teleri Fielden and sheepdop on an outcrop overlooking Llyndy Isaf farm and Llyn Dinas lake, Snowdonia

Farming for experience 

Teleri became the fifth farming scholar at Llyndy Isaf in September 2017. The annual scholarship was set up in 2012 by the National Trust in partnership with Wales Young Farmers Club (YFC), to support the next generation into farming by helping young farmers to gain practical experience of managing a nature friendly farm, with a mixture of sheep and cattle.

" I’ve always wanted to be a farmer, and whilst I have some experience of working on farms in France and Wales, I haven’t had the chance to manage a farm before Llyndy Isaf. It’s been a steep learning curve but so worthwhile. It makes me confident that one day I’ll be able to manage my own farm."
- Teleri Fielden

Tune in

Follow Teleri's story on BBC One, Monday 13 August at 7.30pm to find out how she gets on with the challenges of farm life.