Welsh Wildlife Wonderland Saved

The National Trust should be saluted for protecting one of Wales’ most stunning and renowned pieces of land, by raising one million pounds. ‘Llyn Dinas’ lake and ‘Llyan Isaf’ farm were scheduled to be transformed into a water-sports centre, which would demolish the natural beauty this countryside scene beholds.
The widely admired wildlife spot is the alleged mythical battle ground between the magical red and white dragons. According to the famous fable, the red dragon won the battle, thus it became the country’s beloved national symbol, adorning each of their flags. Llyan Isaf is sprinkled with patriotic history, home to the origin of the Welsh iconic emblem.
The bid to save Llyan Isaf has proven to be the biggest countryside appeal in over a decade, generating donations from over 20,000 people.

Welsh born celebrities such as Matthew Rhys and Catherine Zeta Jones fronted the campaign, contributing generous sums themselves, as they are proud of their homeland and the understated geographical gems buried within. ‘Rhys Evans’, the National Trust’s manager was quoted ‘’I am extremely bowled over by this extraordinary response’.
The farm situated in Snowdonia, sited next to ‘Nant Gwyant Valley’ is regarded as one of the most important environmental stretches of land in Wales, as it remains untouched by intensive farming.

Home to a large community of various wildlife species such as otters and kingfishers, Llyn Isaf epitomises raw natural composition overlooked in everyday life.

The picturesque land looks almost like something out of a fairy-tale. Towering oaks accessorised with copper leaves, huddled emerald mountains, pools of royal blue water, meandering flint walls are all rustic fixtures blanketing the petite brick cottage, enviously positioned in the centre.

One of the world’s remaining story-book beauties remains free of the suffocating interference of man, not destined to be another building site any time soon.

Article by Emma Boyle