March 20th, 2014
Life’s a Welsh Farm
Last year we featured an blog post about an incredible Tweeting Farmer who not only had overcome incredibly difficult winter conditions whilst trying to survive one of the harshest winters in living memory, but had also captured the public’s imagination with his frank, honest and often witty take on life as a hard-working hill farmer.
Well now farmer Gareth Wyn Jones is the subject of a fantastic new television series broadcast on BBC2 Wales this week called the Hill farm. The series follows the ups, downs, highs, lows, smiles and tears of the Jones family and the fortunes of their farm near Llanfairfechan on the North Wales coast near Bangor.
The Jones family have farmed the land along the foothills of the Carneddau mountains for 350 years, and Gareth is the latest in a long line of Jones’ to take the reins on the farm. Last year he rose to fame as the Tweeting Farmer after he turned to social media to talk about the plight of farmers across the country who had lost livestock in the extreme snowfalls of last spring.
It was a tough start to last year, but life on the farm continued through the spring and summer, as we see in the programme. And farming the remote hills of northern Snowdonia is no easy task, but the Jones family rise against all adversity to make their daily lives work, as the way the nation eats and buys food is changing for good.
So for a fascinating glimpse into the life of a farmer in our beautiful North Wales, don’t miss the Hill Farm series on BBC2 Wales every Tuesday (7:30pm). If you missed the first episode you can catch up on the BBC i-player (link here).