Welsh coastal farm worth £1m could be yours for just £1 rent a year

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Amy Swales

Sick of city life? You have options. Try a new job for a life less ordinary, jump ship and move to Denmark where you can finish work on time or forget about the career entirely and backpack for the rest of your days.

OR rent an farmhouse with 865 acres of land and a free flock of sheep on the picturesque Welsh coast for just £1 a year.

Parc Farm (or Y Parc in Welsh) sits on the beautiful Great Orme headland, near Llandudno in North Wales, which is designated a Special Area of Conservation and a heritage coast.

Before you hand in your notice and buy some wellies however, know that applicants need to provide details of previous farming and conservation experience, submit proposals and explain why they have chosen to apply. ‘Because I hate my job and want to live on a seaside farm’ probably won't cut it, just FYI.

The 145-acre farm, farmhouse and grazing rights over 720 acres were taken over by the National Trust last year with a view to ensuring the survival of several rare habitats and species, some of which exist nowhere else on the planet.

Thus the new tenant, signing on for a 10-year tenancy (the price of your lunch today, perhaps), needs to abide by a particular grazing scheme aimed at conservation, which is described by the National Trust as “a nature-first approach which may go against the grain of some modern farming methods.”

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The farm comes with a free flock of sheep. Image: Richard Williams / National Trust

This method involves regularly moving sheep, which means long hours shepherding on often difficult terrain, while also working around the 600,000 annual visitors to the area.

William Greenwood, Great Orme general manager, explains that the trust hopes the nominal rent will give the new farmer a good start.

“Unless we implement a very specific grazing regime we will not see these most fragile habitats recover.

“Put simply, to ensure a healthy and beautiful landscape we need the most agriculturally productive pastureland to be grazed less, and the least agriculturally productive grassland to be grazed more.

“We’re looking for a tenant who sees a productive farm as one which produces conservation benefit as well as good, healthy food .

“To give him or her a head start, and the best chance of success, we’re taking away the financial pressure of having to cover the rent for the farm, grazing rights and farmhouse each year.”

Conservation charity Plantlife has also pledged to buy the new tenant the flock of sheep needed to graze the Great Orme.

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National Trust has released a video encouraging applicants to take on the farm

If it takes your farming fancy, you could be enjoying your new home as early as October this year.

The website states: “We are looking for an individual with good farming experience, excellent shepherding skills and a genuine desire to make a difference for wildlife and nature through a dedicated focus on nature conservation and habitat management. You will also need to be a real ‘people’ person, and be enthusiastic about working with the many thousands of visitors to the Great Orme and all our key partners.

Interested parties can visit for info about the upcoming viewing day, and the closing date for completed applications is Friday 10th June 2016 at 12 noon.

Images: National Trust / Richard Williams


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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