It has been announced at the winter fair on the grounds of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, that the National Trust and Federation of Wales Young Farmer’s Clubs will be offering a third farming scholarship at Llyndy Isaf from 2015-16.
Applications for the paid 13-month scholarship, to live at and manage, a 614-acre upland farm in Snowdonia will open in March 2015.
This unique scholarship programme was recently recognised in a study by Malcom Thomas M.B.E reviewing the Young Entrants Support Scheme. ‘The Next Generation into Farming Report’ commended the initiative for taking such an innovative approach to providing opportunities and experience for a young person to progress in the farming industry.
Tudur Parry, a 21 year-old from Garndolbenmaen is currently farming Llyndy Isaf. After winning the scholarship in July he moved into Llyndy in September and has been gaining valuable experience in running and managing the farm since.
He began by gathering the sheep down from the slopes to wean the lambs from their mothers. Ensuring the lambs were treated for worms, ticks and lice and their tails trimmed. He’s also bought 30 yearlings from Dolgellau market, ready to go to the ram at the start of November.
“I was raised on a beef cattle farm, so it’s been great to gain some experience in sheep husbandry”, says Tudur. “I’ve also been doing a lot of practical work like dry stone walling as part of Glastir”, he adds.
Tudur also works closely with experienced mentor, Arwyn Owen, who is a stone’s throw away at neighbouring Hafod y Llan farm. “The scholarship allows a young person to gain really valuable experience and support in managing a farm, it should put them in good stead should they want to gain some independence and tenant a farm on their own”, says Arwyn.
As part of the scholarship, Tudur is encouraged to promote his experiences through social media, a blog and talks, recently giving a presentation to Glynllifon college students.
As one of the largest agricultural landlords in Wales the National Trust are committed to providing opportunities for young people in the agricultural industry. By working with Wales YFC to promote the scheme at colleges and universities we hope to attract candidates who may not necessarily come from a farming background or have access to a family farm.
“We’re really pleased with the progress we’ve achieved through the scholarship programme. The partnership with Wales YFC has proved invaluable and the attention the scholarship has provoked shows how it is succeeding in highlighting the need for young farmers in Wales to be given such an opportunity” concludes National Trust Snowdonia General Manager, Trystan Edwards.
If you’re interested in learning more about the scholarship programme, you can follow Tudur on Twitter @LlyndyIsaf or get in touch with Wales YFC ( 01982 553502 / email@example.com ) for more information about the application process.