Dream job as warden on deserted Welsh island is up for grabs

Escape the rat race… in the middle of the Bristol Channel: ‘Dream’ job as warden on tiny deserted island of Flat Holm between England and Wales is up for grabs

  • Flat Holm Island stands five miles out to sea in the middle of the Bristol Channel
  • The 86-acre island needs a new warden to maintain buildings over the winter
  • The island is the most southerly point of Wales and is a popular tourist attraction
  • The new warden has to be willing to work in all weather conditions  

A dream job is up for offer to escape football and the rat race – on a tiny island in the sea between Wales and England.

Nature lovers can turn castaway on the 86-acre island while leaving the modern life behind.

It comes after the previous warden is set to leave Flat Holm Island which stands five miles out to sea in the Bristol Channel.

The warden’s job role includes fixing equipment and maintaining buildings through the winter months.

Flat Holm Island is searching for a new warden to maintain buildings and fix equipment 

Flat Holm Island is five miles out from land in the Bristol Channel between England and Wales

Responsibilities also include the upkeep of the stretch of land that is visible from the pier in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.

A Flat Holm Island Official spokesman: ‘Sadly we announce that Pierre, our Island warden, is moving on to pastures new.

‘He will be greatly missed, but it means we are currently in search of someone to temporarily take on the role of Flat Holm warden as soon as possible.’

The island is the most southerly point of Wales and is where Guglielmo Marconi sent the first ever radio signal across water.

Tourists regularly flock to the island which has been home to monks, Vikings, Victorians and World War II soldiers.

The new warden has to be willing and able to work in all weather conditions 

The island has its very own pub, The Gull and Leek, which is in a converted Victorian cottage

The role was previously held by Mat Brown, originally of Sheffield, who was passionate about sharing the island’s ‘cultural heritage’

Flat Holm is also home to a 100ft tall Grade II-listed lighthouse, two helipads and gun batteries

Victorian pub The Gull and Leek is housed in a converted Victorian cottage – with a flock of 70 sheep as its regulars.

But Flat Holm is also home to a 100ft tall Grade II-listed lighthouse, two helipads and gun batteries.

The successful candidate will be hard-working, self-motivated, and prepared to work in all weather conditions.

The role was previously held by Mat Brown, originally of Sheffield, who was passionate about sharing the island’s ‘cultural heritage.’

He said: ‘I fell in love with the island. It’s such a healthy place to live.

‘It sharpens your skills and is a great place to take your ecological studies to the next level because of the resources all around you with no distractions.’

Anyone interested in the job should contact Flat Holm Project.

The island is the most southerly point of Wales and is where Guglielmo Marconi sent the first ever radio signal across water

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