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Sultan and his family Sultan and his family

After seeing Prince Charles farm it was off up into the mountains further east were we stayed in the Grimes valley. The Csango people who live in the Gyimes Valley possess the knowledge of haymaking that represents an exceptional value for the whole of Europe. The ancient Csango people settled in this wild, recluse valley in the Eastern Carpathians hundreds of years ago and in order to survive they had to develop a special life and land use skills and styles that would help them to live in harmony with nature. Haymaking is probably the most important activity in the Gyimes Valley (and elsewhere) because people are mainly occupied in animal husbandry, mainly cows but also sheep pigs and chickens. With hundreds of years working in this environment they created one of the most biodiverse mountain hay meadows in the world, sometimes eighty species per square meter, awesome. Our…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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