Dan y Gyrn, Blaenglyn, Brecon, LD3 8NF 

  • 2 places available
  • Accommodation is provided at this placement
  • Private room with shared kitchen, toilet, and shower facilities. Based at the NT office at Dan y Gyrn. 

Ty Mawr farm is an upland National Trust farm in the Brecon Beacons, just outside Brecon. It is nestled underneath Pen y Fan and adjacent to a National Nature Reserve at Craig Cerrig Gleisiad. The farm is at the start of a very exciting transition from an intensively managed sheep farm to a farm managed with conservation as its primary output. The farm will be managed by the National Trust alongside a grazier with a herd of extensively grazed cattle.

They will undertake habitat restoration, routine tasks such as fencing, gate hanging, dry stone wall repair, footpath maintenance, hay meadows, coppicing and tree felling and tree planting. They are in the process of creating a nursery on site that will be used for growing trees, sphagnum and upland plants as well as processing wildflower seeds from their meadows in a custom-built seed drying facility. Alongside the farming and land management they will also be working with partners such as Natural Resources Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park to undertake some river and wetland restoration work.  

The farm is managed ‘in-hand’ by National Trust staff, and students will be working alongside the local ranger team and National experts from their wider Wales team. 

The National Trust is passionate about assisting people to access the countryside and we see Ty Mawr as an exciting opportunity to offer a unique experience in the Brecon Beacons. The farm has the remains of a historic green lane which will be reinstated as a footpath through the site linking onto the existing rights of way network. 

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