Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Learning & Thoughts – Poland 2017
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Learning & Thoughts – Poland 2017

The history and culture of Poland is of great significance when considering not only nature conservation in Poland, but also how the population perceives their valuable natural assets. In Poland, the connection to the land was broken for a significant period of time…

Sustainable Rural Communities  – Cyprus 2017
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Sustainable Rural Communities – Cyprus 2017

Our structured course led our two car convoy through the mountains to visit many examples of innovation and practical solutions to the issues facing the rural economy. We visited traditional producers of almonds, figs, grapes (raisins), herbs, cheese and smoked sausages. At Kato Drys museum the connection with people from the past and their stories was both moving and engaging, and personal tours reinforced that authenticity.

Green Village Romania – 2017
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Green Village Romania – 2017

The day at the fruit tree nursery was such an interesting experience for me as they were propagating fruit trees using a technique that I had never encountered before. This has been such a unique experience and everyday brought different aspects of learning into my life in the most creative ways.

BULGARIA : България : 2017
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BULGARIA : България : 2017

Throughout the week, a theme emerged in the use of heritage in the projection, and reformation, of Bulgarian identity. Having only recently emerged from a long period of Soviet Russian domination and even more recently having joined the European Union, there seemed to be a desire to present Bulgaria as a modern European nation that had a shared history with the rest of Europe.

Romanian Village Farming – Hay Meadows, Leaf Hay and Subsistence Farming – 2017
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Romanian Village Farming – Hay Meadows, Leaf Hay and Subsistence Farming – 2017

In the valleys and hillsides of the Apuseni Mountains, hay making is at the centre of farming life and goes on all through the summer months with the meadows receiving several cuts, providing hay for a way of life that has existed in these valleys for hundreds of years. Gentians, carline thistles, scabious, Transylvanian clary, wild thyme, vetchs, clovers and a vast array of other species were all still in flower on the meadow margins and track verges

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