Imagine it, a farm situated on Llandudno’s Great Orme with 140 acres and idyllic views toward Anglesey and the Carneddau range for only £1 a year. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Especially with the grazing rights of 720 acres of headland to go with it. But that’s all it will cost, just £1 a year if you’re willing to invest the time to preserve the stunning landscape and its rare habitants.
The National Trust is offering Parc Farm on the Great Orme in Llandudno, to a young farmer with the knowledge and passion to restore the landscape as a thriving habitat for wildlife. The new tenant will be expected to put in grueling hours on difficult terrain regardless of the weather to ensure the pastures thrive and its habitants flourish.
The farmer, under the terms of the National Trust scheme will be expected to farm the headland using traditional methods of grazing which may go against the modern techniques used by many. Moving flocks of sheep regularly from pasture to pasture to keep the grass and vegetation healthy and green, allowing rare habitants and species to prosper and thrive. Encouraging the growth of plants like Goldilocks Aster and Spiked Speedwell on the land and allowing birds from Choughs to Razorbills to nest on the mountain.
The National Trust will be lessening the financial pressure of the chosen farmer by covering the rent of the farm, the farm house and grazing rights for £1 a year, along with a new flock of sheep being provided to start off the specific grazing routine which is to be put in place. The National Trust general manager William Greenwood stated that the £1 annual fee was confirmed in order to attract someone to the position to ‘see the most fragile habitats recover’. The farmer must be willing to put in both the time and effort to allow ‘the most agriculturally productive pastureland to be grazed less and the least agriculturally productive grassland to be grazed more’ ensuring a healthy and beautiful landscape.
The National Trust secured Parc Farm back in 2015 for £1 million, after the property had been offered with the impending potential to develop a golf course. The National Trust was unhappy with the affects this proposition could have on the fragile limestone grasslands and purchased the property to be managed for wildlife as part of its 50 year Neptune Coastline Campaign, in place to protect special seaside areas.
Since the announcement of the £1 annual fee for Parc Farm, The National Trust has received hundreds of inquiries about the tenancy of the farm, from telephone calls, emails and even visits directly to the farm itself to show individual enthusiasm toward the project. Following the vast amount of inquiries The National Trust reiterated the long hours the job will encompass, but has yet to put applicants off with further inquiries being made.
The applications for this exciting opportunity at Parc Farm must have been received by Friday, 10th June with a shortlist of interviews being held on Tuesday, 5th July in front of a Panel from The National Trust. The fortunate farmer chosen to undertake this chance of a lifetime can be expected to have moved in by early October to begin the process of preserving habitat for years to come.