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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2007, 06:07 GMT 07:07 UK
Island couple quit remote farm
Libby and David Barnden
The couple have lived on Bardsey since 2001
A couple who have spent six years farming a tiny Welsh island off the north Wales coast are due to leave on Thursday.

David and Libby Barnden came from East Sussex to farm Bardsey Island in 2001.

However, they are replacing like with like, and are moving to the Scottish island of Muck, where they will be running a B&B and growing vegetables.

The Bardsey Island Trust now has to decide whether or not it will replace them with another tenant.

In November, the Barndens said they were being squeezed off Bardsey by financial circumstances beyond their control.

Six years ago, the couple beat off competition from 1,100 others to win a lease of the farm on the remote island.

Bardsey has no gas, electricity or running water, and the only way to get to the mainland is by fishing boat.

The Barndens were due to stay on the island for 20 years.

Last year, Mr Barnden said: "We shall be very sad to leave but at the end of the day we have to be able to make a living."

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