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'There is nowhere else I'd sooner spend three years' NEW BARDSEY ISLAND WARDENS ON THEIR 'DREAM COME TRUE'.

Byline: BRANWEN JONES Daily Post Community Reporter

NEW wardens have been found for a remote North Wales island where the previous occupants had to leave after just a day.

Mari Huws, 27, from Penygroes, and Emyr Glyn Owen, 33, from Llansannan, will start their new life on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) off the Llyn peninsula in September.

The appointment comes following the departure of previous wardens Ned and Sophie Scharer, who had to give up on their dream of living on the island after their 10-year-old son Sam slipped and fell on rocks on their first day.

| Ned and Scharer had up on their living on the island's trust had to re-advertise the "challenging but rewarding" role, which involves repairing and maintaining 10 letting houses and looking after the 2,000 visitors who go to Enlli each year.

Mari and Emyr beat hundreds of hopefuls to become the island's new residents, and said they were "ecstatic" about the move.

"It's a dream come true," said Mari. "The opportunity is very rare and we both hold Enlli close to our hearts.

"It's a magical part of the world, and there is nowhere else I'd rather spend the next three years of my life."

The couple will be expected to protect the nature reserve, working farm and bird observatory on the island for the next three years, while living with their own chickens, goats and horses.

Mari said: "It was an easy decision to quit our day jobs.

"Emyr is a gardener and I am a filmmaker, so we can still pursue our careers, only that we'll be living in one of our favourite places on earth."

With no amenities or basics like medical care, life on the island will be tough, but Mari feels that the couple are prepared for the challenges ahead.

"We know that there are going to be challenges and that we have a lot to learn," she said.

Sophie to give dream of the island "Driving a tractor wasn't a part of my MA in film directing, but Enlli is a magical place and I think Emyr and I make a solid team.

"The summer and winter will be worlds apart, but we're excited for both: the solitude and wilderness of winter, but also the community and the bustle that spring and summer brings.

"Enlli is a place that brings so many people together: family, friends, pilgrims, birdwatchers, lovers.

"We can't wait to be the ones welcoming everyone there."


| Emyr Glyn Owen and Mari Huws are the new wardens of Ynys Enlli - Bardsey Island

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Aug 14, 2019
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