It’s now nearly 2 months since the final bit of legal paperwork was completed and Llyndy Isaf came fully into National Trust ownership and protection.
As a supporter of our Snowdonia Appeal, I’m sure that you’ll be interested in what has happened since the hand-over.
As we approached the day when Ken and Mem Owen moved to their new home, our first concern was for the security of Llyndy Isaf house and farm buildings. We certainly did not want the farm to be unoccupied – maybe for the first time in its long history – whilst we go through the process of finding a suitable tenant.
That’s where Elgan Jones came to the rescue. Elgan is one of our shepherds at nearby Hafod y Llan farm and he agreed to move – himself and his working dogs – to Llyndy before the handover date so that he can provide security and keep an eye on the land and livestock.
Our next concern has been for the land itself. Farmland by its nature needs farming. Even dramatically wild-looking land like this needs husbandry to keep it looking beautiful and rich in wildlife. And like the security of the buildings, we could not entertain an extended period of the land being left unoccupied.
So, when you next take a walk around Llyn Dinas, you’ll see hardy Welsh Mountain ewes peacefully grazing in the fields nearest the buildings. These have been ‘loaned’ to Llyndy by our Farm Manager at Hafod y Llan, and Elgan has the job of making sure that they are in good health and keeping to where they’re supposed to be. In time, he will be moving them to the rougher mountain pastures to keep them from getting too overgrown.
In the meantime, Sabine Nouvet, our Wildlife Officer has been starting to survey the habitats of the farm, so that she can advise on how we can strike the right balance between biodiversity and farming.
It is this balance that will be at the heart of our new Whole Farm Plan, which we will use to inform prospective tenants of the ‘environmental products’ we would like them to help us deliver as part of their farming activities.
We are also planning meetings where local residents can share their thoughts with us on how the farm can provide opportunities for social, educational and economic community benefits.
Look out for future posts about these and other developments – or why not send in a comment on your thoughts on how Llyndy Isaf should be managed?