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PEATS Cyprus Creating a network of trails in the mountainous area of Larnaca District

Dates: 26th June – 28th July 2021    Duration: 33 days
Number of UK Participants: 

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Please be aware that we can only book the flights that are available, so this means that we may not necessarily be able to use the closest airport to you.

Lefkara Municipality and Kato Drys Community Council have worked with Grampus Heritage for 10 years.
Kato Drys were an original ‘Green Village’ partner, specializing in rural food, empowering communities and
traditional handicrafts. The village of Kato Drys sits at 650 metres above sea level in the mountainous part of
Larnaca District and has become known as a village with a sustainable future, with festivals, handicrafts,
cookery and a buoyant community. Lefkara has been voted one of the thirty most beautiful places in the
world. Both villages feature in the story of the world famous ‘Lefkara Lace’ (UNESCO Cultural Heritage at Risk);
also, with the help of Grampus, both villages embark on a path to become art, craft and fashion villages.

The itinerary for the 2021 season is below, but more information can be found in the pdf on this page:

WEEK ONE – after arrival to Paphos or Larnaca, transfer to Pano Lefkara for accommodation in 8-bedroomed courtyard house. Evening meal together, discuss the weeks ahead. On the first full day the group will be inducted into our organization and network, discuss the project and look together at films and the existing body of information. On the second full day, after packing a picnic and tour the area in a 7-seater 4-wheel drive vehicle (the group have use of this vehicle for the duration of the placement). On the tour, the group will begin to select routes to explore and record and begin entering them onto a map  (by hand initially, later, digitally). Each day the group will explore a new route, recording hazards, interesting features, including archaeology, churches water mills, shielings/ mandras (summer mountain farms). The group will also photograph such features plus plants/flowers/trees, herds of sheep and goats with attendant shepherds and generally anything a tourist might be interested in. The group will also record problems such as dumping and litter. The group may do some cleaning or give instructions to local volunteers.

WEEK TWO – the exploring and mapping of trails continues. The group uses recognized methods of scoring routes for time to complete them and difficulty. The group also begin to think holistically but also in themes…orchid trail, butterfly trail, special tree trail, archaeology/old settlement trail (later students might flesh out this latter theme). There will be the chance to use a drone and become more and more proficient in its use. The group will link also to the film-making team and gather footage for a video about the trails identified, with resting stops and shady places to picnic with potable water being arranged by the group.

WEEK THREE – Producing the leaflet / booklet / guide with the use of a local graphics, design and printing company. The group will experiment with natural dyes – many plants are readily available along the trails the group will survey and map….examples are oak and walnut leaves and bark, madder, eucalyptus, olive leaves, etc. You will also assemble and use all the sketches and photographs you’ve made. The original plant dyed pieces produced will be colour copied by a design/print centre and then exhibited. The group will be guided as to style but also have a free hand to include your own images, sketches, even snippets of creative writing/ each member of the team will have different skills and strengths – by week 3 these will be well-recognised. The team-work is an important part of your placement. Throughout these first three weeks your weekends are free to explore or relax. At least one Friday will be set-aside for a guided tour into the Troodos Mountains.

WEEK FOUR – This is a ‘hands-on’ week, to give you some skills and appreciation of what is necessary to maintain footpaths and trails. Other groups of students are in Cyprus and one team will be restoring a stonebuilt medieval water cistern in the Dipotomos valley. The water cistern lies on one of the pre-existing cultural trails previously identified by the Cultural Association led by former Mayor Andreas and working with Grampus. Our plan is that you will have identified places on the trail network, where an intervention is needed  – such as inserting steps, stone pitching or installing marker posts. We will give time this week for supervised training in all these ‘go withs’ if necessary/ possible.

WEEK FIVE (4 days)
These last days are for finishing your work – at least in printable PDF form. I hope there will also be time for relaxing, shopping and cleaning the student house! Of special cultural interest in Lefkara is the famous lace
(“Lefkaritika”) and the silversmithing. Grampus work to support these, running a community shop to help put
the lace into modern clothes and build a fashion interest. Both Kato Drys and Lefkara are emerging art villages
and you should enjoy this art and, if time allows, take part.