Hello Betty, Nicky & family!

12 Feb

6gZdrasti Betty, Nicky & family!

I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the FWAG Group from England for the excellent visit to your farm at Gorno Pole on 23rd May! It was one of the most intersting visits, and we were very impressed with your diversification into tourism on the farm, and wish you every success with the business in the future. We will certainly mention your farm accommodation to any people here enquiring about visiting the area independently.

Our whole 11 day trip went very well, and other memorable visits included to Trigrad Gorge and Yagodina Cave; Zlatograd Ethnographic complex; Perperikon; the BSPB centre at Madjarovo (where we saw an amazing variety of birds including the Griffon and Egyptian Vultures); and time in the Central Balkan National Park on Byala Reka Ecotrail with lunch on a local farm as well as rose picking in the Rose Valley.

After the group went back on 27th May my wife came to meet me and we spent a week walking in the Stara Planina and then spent two days with friends in Tryavna before returning home. We hope to visit again in August as a holiday, and then with another group in October.

I have been organising visits to Bulgaria with Lillyia Brezina since my first visit on a EU Leonardo Programme funded visit with fellow advisers in 2004. The website we have set up gives more details www.freewebs.com/ruraltoursbulgaria . I think we have fallen in love with Bulgaria! – we really enjoy visiting and also introducing people on the trips to the fantastic countryside, wildlife & people. We feel there is a lot English people can learn from visiting Bulgaria – particularly from the way of life and the fantastic biodiversity.

I work for a UK based NGO called the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). Maybe you have already looked at our website www.fwag.org.uk to see the sort of things we do. My work mainly involves advising farmers and others involved with managing land to help them manage it in an “environmentally friendly” way which protects and improves biodiversity. We advise all farmers and not just organic ones. We help to deliver Government/EU schemes on the ground and also design projects such as ponds and wetlands, woodlands, management plans, etc. I also spend a lot of time organising training courses and events for farmers and other advisers. One of the unique things about FWAG is that it is run by and actively involves farmers, and I think this is a good model to follow. We also work with and help to promote farm tourism here and if there is any way in which I can help you with information or advice please do not hesitate to let me know. It would be really good maybe in the future if we could organise for one of our farmer members who has farm accommodation for tourists could visit you and you could share ideas..

With all best wishes for the future.

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