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International Haymaking Festival

19 - 26 ago 2012



"Now in its fourth year, the Gyimes Haymaking Festival is a celebration of traditional skills and crafts related to making hay. The programme depends on the weather but should include mowing by scythe, making hay, a mowing competition, learning how to make traditional rakes and scythes with a local craftsman, visiting the cows in the summer pastures, making and tasting cheese, horse and cart rides, collecting wild herbs, enjoying local food, learning about meadow plants and animals, testing your skill in folk dances."

"Make friends, have fun, learn new skills and help to preserve valuable mountain hay
meadows and their plants, wildlife and traditions in one of the last large-scale medieval
landscapes of Europe.

This is a great opportunity for nature lovers and those interested in traditional culture and sustainable living to learn about the connections between nature and farming by doing physical work alongside local people and participating in the art and science of hay
making and related skills.

Your visit will help our projects to improve rural incomes, support traditional agriculture,
understand the ecology and biology of important wetlands and meadows, and identify
and protect key species and habitats in need of conservation.

Organizers: László Demeter, Attila Sárig
Partner: Pogány-havas Microregional Association
Sponsors: Barbara Knowles Fund, Global Environment Facility Small Grants
Programme and Naturvernforbundet i Buskerud from Norway

Other planned activities:

*   Scrub-clearing working party 29 April to 5 May

*   Haymaking course 15 to 21July


send an e-mail to: Barbara Knowles barbaraknowles@societyofbiology.org