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PEATS Slovenia – Traditional Farming and Hay Meadow Management

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Dates: 20th July – 20th August 2017
Number of UK Participants: 5 
Duration: 32 days

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 ‘Logarica’

Accommodation is in a developing environmental centre in a small village. Participants will buy and prepare their own food and be given a weekly budget for this.

If this placement interests you, then please read through the information on the PEATS environmental main page . You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read

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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