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John Akeroyd, known as Prince Charles's botanist, on visit to Salaj county

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The renowned botanist John Akeroyd, a close friend of the British Royal House, will visit for two days small rural communities, pastures and meadows specific to the Transylvanian landscapes, at the invitation of the manager of the Intercommunity Development Association (ADI) Salaj Plus, Laura Chirila. "John Akeroyd will explore on foot some areas in Salaj county, together with ADI Salaj Plus representatives, as well as with specialists from the Biological Research Centre, <> Botanical Garden in Jibou (town in Salaj county ed.n.). Together, we will identify areas of high biodiversity in the County and we will try to identify possible development projects for small rural communities by preserving biodiversity and encouraging intimate, responsible tourism," reads a press release sent on Wednesday to Agerpres.

John Akeroyd is an admirer of the Transylvanian meadows, with a variety of impressive species, of pastures that he first discovered in the Saschiz area, where the heir of the British royal crown has a house.

What we do, our projects, directly target rural communities and the preservation of biodiversity, of plants, animals and land management methods that have created over the centuries these extremely rich cultural landscapes with respect to biodiversity. Our natural heritage includes a large number of plants that have survived in these areas, in these wonderful grassy fields bursting with wild flowers, birds and animals that have disappeared in other parts of Europe, especially large carnivores, but living in harmony here. When I first came, 14 years ago, I could not believe how rich the variety of flora was, a variety I had never encountered in other parts of Europe. Here I can walk for several hours and can see hundreds of different plants in one day. Something I cannot do in England. Romania is richer. We have around 1,200 different plants in the Transylvanian Saxon villages area, including plants on the red list in Europe, affirms the British botanist, about the landscapes surrounding the Transylvanian Saxon villages, which he discovered through the ADEPT Transylvania Foundation projects.

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