PEATS Slovenia – Traditional Farming and Hay Meadow Management

There will be 2 groups to this host in 2019, doing the same itinerary (which is being confirmed), though for both groups, there might be changes due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Dates: 10th July – 10th August 2019
Number of Participants: 5 + accompanying person
Duration: 4 weeks

Dates: 11th August – 11th September 2019
Number of Participants: 6 + accompanying person
Duration: 4 weeks

PEATS-Application-form

Accommodation: Room sharing in a Youth Hostel set up in Murska Sobota

Meals: catered; meals provided at the accommodation or by host, extra food paid for by participants.

Communication: internet is available at the Youth Hostel, mobile networks readily available (you will need to check with your provider), number of accommodation available to receive calls from home.

Transport: organised by the host

Weather: Hotter than UK summer, can be 30-35 degrees C

Based in and around the small town if Murska Sobota and the Goricko National Park in Northern Slovenia (close to the borders with Austria, Croatia and Hungary), this 4 week placement focuses on traditional low intensity farming, hay meadows and wet woodlands/grasslands. The main training will be in environmental skills associated with modern nature conservation and everyday traditional “farm skills”. These include haymaking, feeding, and maintaining farm animals, some bee keeping, vegetation control in threatened rare ecosystems and building a traditional countryside picnic shelter.

Slovenia can be described as the most western-linked part of the former Yugoslavia. Borders with Austria and Italy have allowed them to draw something from both cultures and those landscapes. In terms of agriculture, they have some quite specifically local crops such as pumpkins for oil and large areas of vineyards on south facing slopes – producing the famous Lutimer and Laski Riesling wines.

 

There will be an opportunity to visit Murska Sobota and go on the train to the capital, Ljubljana; both cities have impressive medieval monuments and churches. The capital has wonderful canals, bridges, cafés and restaurants.

EU Erasmus + Funding

The placement is funded by the EU Erasmus + scheme and covers return flights, accommodation, and a subsistence allowance (equal to 3 meals a day).

Flights are to either Graz in neighbouring Austria or Ljublijana. Airport collection and hosting of the placement is by Grampus’s partner ‘Zavod Logarica’.

If this placement interests you, then please read through the reports at the top of this page and the information on the PEATS environmental main page , where the application form is also available to download.

For past participant feedback, please refer to our Participants Reports page.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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