I went to Finland with an idea to compare the forests there with those in Scotland and, more specifically, with that found at Abernethy. It became apparent, however, that such a comparison was unrealistic. The context of the forests, geographically, culturally and historically, are totally different. Finland is roughly 5 times the size of Scotland and is 75% forested. The population is approximately the same in both countries. This has meant that huge areas of Finnish forest are never, or incredibly rarely, disturbed by human activity. Historically, effectively all of Scotland’s forests have been managed as commercial plantations, especially following the Second World War. This meant a huge reduction in the size of the forest and large areas of forest consisting of uniform trees the same age and size. Finland has greater areas of old growth, natural forest which has never been managed by humans. Culturally, the natural world appears to garner much more respect in Finland than in Scotland with visitors much less likely to actively damage the forest or wilfully disturb wildlife. Regular fire sites and camping huts mean that visitors have designated places to eat, sleep and light fires. Much of the way the Finnish people treat and manage their forests provide a glimpse of how Abernethy could be however it felt to me that we are simply a couple of generations behind.
*NEW COURSE* 26th May to 2nd June 2022 Course Full Wildflowers, Alpine Landscape Management and Heritage Tourism in the Julian Alps of Slovenia We are delighted to offer a new course based at the Bohinj International Wildflower Festival in the Julian Alps of Slovenia with our host trainers, Turizem Bohinj. Turizem Bohinj are experts in green and nature based tourism, sustainable destination management as well as coordinators of cultural heritage and community engagement activities. Learn more about their work here. The course will explore the use of heritage tourism to help preserve biodiverse, farming landscapes and to support rural hospitality livelihoods. The course will also explore how conservation in Triglav National Park and nature based tourism is integrated with other elements of cultural heritage interpretation and engagement. Bohinj Lake and the surroundings mountains are home to over a 1000 species of wildflowers and a wide range of birds, mammals and insects. This farming landscape stills maintain wildflower rich meadows, a rich local food culture and a strong community based approach to exploring and sharing their heritage. The Bohinj International Wildflower Festival is a sustainable tourism success story and is now in its 16th year. Participants will have an opportunity […]
Re-scheduled: 30th Aug – 6th Sept 2022 The course will be centred around Tampere University and will include a presentation from Scottish participants to Finnish students; there will be visits to conservation, commercial and urban forest a national park, either Seitseminen or Helventinjarvi National Parks.
The aim of this course is to provide people working in Scottish upland land management the opportunity to see and hear how native woodland has been responding to changes in grazing pressure in the part of Scandinavia most environmentally similar to Scotland. Participants will visit a variety of biodiverse, reforested landscapes from exposed coast to mountain top, where climate and geology are very similar to our own, and where multiple land uses such as forestry, hunting and farming, are often practised together.
Aims & Themes: exploring small scale sustainable farming; hay making & orchards within a cultural landscape; the challenges of sustainable rural development, community engagement and heritage management. Participants will learn about subsistence farming as opposed to intensive farming, as well as traditional ways of managing the land. Hands on work like hay making with a scythe, fruit gathering, making preserves.
Hunting, land rights and conservation; predator management and conflicts; cross-border management and monitoring
Linking rich biodiversity with traditional skills and rural development in Transylvania. Apply now for this great course with ADEPT, leaders in natural and cultural heritage conservation though rural development & small scale, high nature value farming. Please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org Read more about ADEPT’s award winning work in Transylvania for almost 20 years – ADEPT Hosts: Fundatia ADEPT Course Dates: 24th June to 1st July 2022 3 spaces available for this course Aims & Themes: exploring traditional skills as part of rural development and heritage engagement in a biodiversity rich area of small scale sustainable farming. Draft Itinerary: Airports: Either Sibiu, Targu Mures, Cluj-Napoca, or Bucharest Proposed accommodations: Hotel Central Park, Dracula Danes, Viscri guesthouses Day 1: Arrival and transfers to Sighisoara. Dinner with the hosts. Day 2: Saschiz- visiting the ADEPT office, short presentation of each partner and discussion of food regulation barriers to small producers Lunch at the office Fruit and vegetable processing unit Ceramic workshop Dinner in Sighisoara (or in Saschiz- local association of women+ discussions) Day 3: Angofa project- visit and discussions (educational center, cattle farm) Lunch at the ANGOFA SCHOOL Bio-Mosna visit (milk processing model) Dinner at the farm Day 4: Medias- visiting […]
Woodworking & forest management: tradition and innovation in Galicia. Update March 2022: we are talking with our hosts to determine new dates for this course. Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2022. As soon as we have course dates and communicated with the 2020 group we will post any availability for the course. As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2022 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations. Hosts: XERA Agency for Forest Based Industries Galicia Course Dates: tbc Application Deadline: tbc Preparation Meeting Dates: tbc Aims & Themes: exploring traditional woodworking alongside forest management: innovation, enterprise and strategy in Galicia Galicia is a diverse region of North West Spain with a rugged coastline, the famous wine region of Riberia Sacra, and Atlantic forests of oak, chestnut and beech. Pine and eucalyptus are grown widely for timber. It is perhaps best known for the pilgrim route of St James which leads to the UNESCO world heritage city of Santiago de Compostela and numerous monasteries. The exact […]
Rescheduled 2-9th July 2022 Sustainable Farming & Food in Biodiversity & Protected Areas through Different Educational Approaches Host: Bojan Žnidaršič (VITRA Centre for Sustainable Development) Course Dates: 2-9 July 2002 Application Deadline: 2 March 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 19 June 2020 Aims & Themes: learning about good practice in sustainable farming & food; biodiversity management & circular economy; adaptation to climate change, food security, sustainable communities and eco-tourism. Themes & Draft Itinerary: 1. Biodiversity with all part of sustainable development 2. Ecosystem management, managing habitats and ecosystems. Rural biodinamic food in the Regional natural park 3. Adaptive aproaches to species management. Biodiversity in forest 4. Management for countryside activities for all generationes with green jobs 5. Environmental interpretation, bringing nature to people. Biodiversity in the Sea natural park 6. Natural heritage and turist management in Slovenian Alps 7. Management of Karst cultural landscapes – environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability based of family generations 8. Managing for nature in a changing environment with UNESCO World Heritage Site Learn about good practices in sustainable farming and food inside the biodiversity and protected areas inside the public and private sectors Get to know the biodiversity of 1/3 of Slovenia’s territory […]
Potential Dates: August 2022 Update March 2022: We are talking to our hosts to determine if the war in Ukraine will impact on the running of the course in Estonia. Please send in expressions of interest to email@example.com. The decision of the UK government to leave the Erasmus+ programme will not affect those projects with a signed contract. We will update participants on any new travel insurance and visa regulations. Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2022. As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2022 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations. Host: Maarika Nagel (Viitong/Heritage Tours) Course Dates: tbc Application Deadline: tbc Preparation Meeting Date: tbc Aims & Themes: exploring cultural heritage interpretation and management in a range of contexts; community heritage as part of community cohesion and rural development; heritage tourism. Draft Itinerary: DAY 1 : Goal of the day: Old Tallinn (UNESCO heritage site) 14:30 Guided tour in Old Tallinn Free time in Old town DAY 2 : Goal of the […]