Protecting and Regenerating Wildflower meadows at Villa Abbatis
Villa Abbatis Cultural Association is not only committed to the restoration and promotion of historical and cultural heritage but also to preserving the natural beauty of the region. One of the association's most significant initiatives is the protection and restoration of wildflower meadows. The Hartibaciu Valley is home to some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in Europe, under threat of foreighn intensive agriculture, cattle farming and land grabbing. The association's efforts aim to ensure their preservation.
The meadows are carefully managed to support the growth of different types of wildflowers. This approach not only enhances the natural beauty of the area but also provides a habitat for local species of plants, trees, birds, and mammals. By creating and maintaining these habitats, Villa Abbatis Cultural Association ensures the long-term sustainability of the region's biodiversity.
Success of Wildflower Meadows’ Protection and Restoration.
Villa Abbatis Cultural Association's efforts to protect and restore wildflower meadows have been highly successful. The association's commitment to sustainable practices and preservation of the natural environment has been recognized by numerous organizations. The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance and the Open Landscape Federation are just two of the many entities that have formed partnerships with Villa Abbatis Cultural Association in support of these initiatives.
The association's dedication to sustainable practices has led to an increase in the number of visitors to the region. Guided tours on horseback provide visitors with a unique and immersive experience, allowing them to learn about the history, architecture, and natural biodiversity of the area. The cultural events hosted by the association, such as concerts and exhibitions, further enhance the region's appeal as a tourist destination.
Ancient Orchards at Villa Abbatis
Another initiative undertaken by Villa Abbatis Cultural Association is the restoration of the traditional orchards by establishing a nursery to preserve historical varieties of apple and pear trees still found in Transylvania. This will result in a “genetic reservoir” of these varieties to reintroduce them back into other parts of Romania.
The project will also help to preserve the historic man-made landscape around the Medieval Saxon and Romanian villages and will become an important part of preserving the rich local biodiversity and cultural landscapes. The restoration work includes 25 hectares strategically located between forests and meadows, acting as a perfect habitat for local species, a larder for bears, and a buffer zone between forest and meadows.
This approach not only benefits the local ecosystem but also supports the economic growth of the region by providing job opportunities for the local community.
Villa Abbatis Cultural Association's commitment to sustainable practices and preservation of the natural environment has led to the successful protection and recreation of wildflower meadows and the oldest varieties of apples and pears. By supporting the association's efforts, visitors are helping to preserve an essential piece of natural and cultural heritage for future generations. Donations and purchases made through the association's partners’ websites such as Chantecaille go directly towards supporting the association's efforts to maintain and promote the entire restoration work. By working together, we can ensure the sustainable development of the region while preserving its natural beauty and cultural heritage.