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Statement from the Bardsey Island Trust 20.06.2024

A fatal incident occurred on Ynys Enlli on 19 June. The Bardsey Island Trust extends its sincere condolences to the friends and family who are affected.

The Trust is currently working with residents and the authorities. The Trust would like to thank everyone involved in the incident including the Coastguard, Air Ambulance, RNLI and North Wales Police.

Accommodation Wardens 2024

A VERY WARM WELCOME to Lois and Aron who have begun their new jobs as Accommodation Wardens on Bardsey for 2024. We hope you enjoy the adventure ahead!


Bardsey Island Engagement Questionnaire

We'd be very grateful if you could spare us a minute or two by completing our survey here: 

February 2024 - Artists in Residence Opportunities 2024

This spring and summer of 2024, Bardsey Island Trust is offering Artist in Residence opportunities on Enlli. We are seeking emerging and established artists from any discipline with a connection to Gwynedd, north Wales. Their work must respond to the Welsh language, culture, ecology, environment, or historical heritage of Gwynedd or Ynys Enlli. Selected artists will be invited to spend up to 4 weeks on the island, in self-catering accommodation with a studio. 

DEADLINE 29th February 2024.

For an application pack, or if you have any questions before making an application, please get in touch. 

Funded through the Gwynedd Council (SPF) Culture fund.

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February 2024 - Exciting Times to Come!

The Heritage Lottery has awarded Bardsey Island Trust (BIT) £246,000 to fund many exciting projects over the next three years. This money has also allowed the Bardsey Island Trust to fund a Project Officer (Gwenllian Hughes) and a Building Conservation Manager (Owen Rickards). The aim of the projects are to attract more people to the island, including people from different demographics who may have not had an opportunity to experience Ynys Enlli’s (Bardsey Island's) unique peace.

The projects that will be underway soon are:

  1. Brenin Enlli and Diaspora

  2. Enlli Historical, Spiritual and Religious Heritage

  3. Oral and Photographic Histories

  4. Social Inclusion and Heritage

  5. Dark Sky Sanctuary and Webcam Project

  6. Educational and Engagement Heritage


These projects will require the cooperation of many organisations, including local schools such as Ysgol Crud y Werin,  Aberdaron. Over the next three years, many events will be arranged for each project, which will be held on the mainland of Pen Llŷn. A project of particular excitement is the Dark Sky Sanctuary. We look forward to arranging the events that will celebrate our NEW status!

The role of the Building Conservation Manager will be to plan, restore and maintain Ynys Enlli’s built heritage. There are many preserved buildings on the island that need regular maintenance due to them being open to sea elements.

Jacquie Hughes-Jones (Acting Chair of the Bardsey Island Trust) said "This is is an exciting time for Enlli as we start to build on the strengths of our people and grow our team. Next year, and those following, will see us move closer to our ambition of being an ‘exemplar of Welsh Island life’ by restoring our buildings and wider infrastructure and connecting with our wider local community. We are very grateful for this grant funding and look forward to working together towards safeguarding Ynys Enlli for future generations to enjoy, earn a living from, and wonder in its natural, cultural and spiritual bounty."

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Enlli and hope you enjoy getting involved with the new projects here. There is something to interest everyone on Ynys Enlli!


Gwenllian Hughes

Owen Rickards

January 2024 - Storws Renovations

Funding by the Architectural Heritage Fund for both capital works and fees, as well as from Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cyngor Gwynedd enabled the Trust to appoint the Original Roofing Company to restore and repair the roof and shell of the Storws building. Work commenced in May 2023 and was completed by October that same year. Read more here >>>




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