About Me

Hi. My name’s Richard Neale.  I’m the National Trust’s General Manager for Snowdonia and Llyn.  I’ve worked with the Trust all my working life and have been based at Beddgelert for a quarter of a century.

That’s long enough to know what’s really special about this amazingly beautiful part of he world – and also to know how easily it can be spoilt.

When Ken, the owner of Llyndy Isaf (which includes most of Llyn Dinas lake – just half a mile from my office) asked us if we would be interested in purchasing the farm, I just knew that it merits the highest form of protection – that is in the ownership of the National Trust.

But the only way we can achieve that goal is through your help.  National Trust land belongs to the nation, so through our Snowdonia Appeal, we aim to raise the funds to secure this amazing place for ever – for everyone.  Or “Am byth i bawb“, as we say in these parts!

Over the next few weeks and months I will be keeping you updated on how the appeal is going – and will share with you my experiences and life-long love for this wonderful part of the world.



  1. My 8 year old Grandson loves Llyn Dinas lake so much, When he was 3 years old he really thought that it was his own lake! He knows it is For sale and how important it is for it to be protected. I have promised him if I should win the lottery I will buy it for him to pass on to the National Trust. Fingers crossed!

    • Hi Greenhalgh family,

      It was nice to read about your grandson – who thinks Llyn Dinas is his own! Good luck with the lottery!

  2. Having spent many happy years in the area and still living with marvelous memories of catching my first salmon in the mouth of Dinas, I know how you feel about this great part of Wales.
    I will be more than pleased to suport this venture and hope that every little helps!
    I know Llyndy Isaf and agree with all your sentiments so this project must be successful.
    Good luck and every success.

    • Hi Tom,
      Thanks for your best wishes. So many people have similar happy memories of Llyn Dinas. Let’s hope that we can reach the target!

  3. Richard,

    Do you know the relevant web page is not accepting donations? I’ve tried three times today and it just says it’s experiencing technical problems. It’s obviously critical to make it as easy as possible for people to support a campaign of such importance. Your IT guys need a wake up call! I’ll contact the number suggested for donations by telephone tomorrow. Regards, Nicholas

    • Hi Nicholas, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having problems. This is the first comment of this kind I’ve had. I’ll look into the problem and will let you know if its been sorted. Richard

    • Hi Nicholas, I’ve now had the following reply from our digital media team which I hope puts your mind to rest. Please let me know if you are still having trouble.

      We’ve conducted a thorough investigation in to this, and the online donations tool seems to be working ok now, and there wasn’t any breakages reported on it in the last week or so, so we think it was one of those mysterious temporary unexplained glitches that appears to have been resolved without anyone actually knowing it was broken.

  4. Just found out that my ggreatgrandfather Griffith Prichard lived at Llyndy uchaf for several years with his first wife Dorothy Parri.He has left a lot of papers of various items.He wa born in Tylyrni in 1799 and his father was born in Carneddi Nantmor.I have ancestral connections with several farms in the area including Hafod y Llan
    I have given a donation

    • Heulwen. Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know that you have family connections with Llyndy Uchaf and other farms in the area. We would be fascinated to learn more about the social history of Llyndy and Hafod y Llan. Please feel free to contact me on richard.neale@nationaltrust.org.uk if you would like to meet up sometime. Diolch yn fawr! Richard

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