The search for our £1 farmer is over

Dan Jones and his family
Published : 17 Aug 2016 Last update : 18 Aug 2016

The search for a new shepherd to rent our £1m farm on the Great Orme, in North Wales, for just a pound a year, has come to an end.

Following interest from around the world we’ve chosen Welsh farmer Dan Jones to take over this precious landscape and farm in a way that encourages it to recover and thrive. Dan will take a ‘nature-first’ approach to farming in this special place which is home to rare habitats and species found nowhere else on earth.

He will be joined on the 145-acre coastal farm by wife Ceri, son Efan and five hard-working sheep dogs Tian, Nel, Bet, Moss and Floss.

Life-changing opportunity
Dan currently farms 1,000 sheep on almost 400 acres on Anglesey whilst also working for us as a support shepherd on the slopes of Snowdon.

He said: 'This opportunity will change our lives. Y Parc is a dream farm, it is such a beautiful location, the views are amazing, and I’m really looking forward to farming in a different way to make a difference for nature.

'With the tenancy at just a pound, it allows us to be able to farm far less intensively, focus on improving the habitats, share more of what we’ll be doing with visitors and still produce great food.'

Threat to habitat
The National Trust took action to buy the farm in May last year not only because some of its key habitats and species were deemed at threat, but because it was being sold with the potential to develop its fragile limestone grasslands into a golf course.

It is home to rare species not found anywhere else in the world including the wild cotoneaster and two subspecies of butterfly, the grayling and the silver-studded blue.

The Great Orme general manager William Greenwood and his team took calls from potential applicants at the rate of over 100 an hour for days but Dan and his wife Ceri stood out from the crowd.

One of Daniel’s first actions as the new tenant of Parc Farm will be to buy his new Orme flock, which will be paid for by the trust’s partner, conservation charity, Plantlife.

What we’re doing at the Great Orme forms part of our plan to nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the alarming decline in wildlife across the UK.