The Târnava Mare Region of South Eastern Transylvania has one of the best preserved lowland medieval landscapes in Europe. It is still a region of small scale farming with hay meadows, orchards, forested ridges, and crops grown near the Saxon villages and fortified churches. It is now at the centre of attempts to develop a thriving, diverse rural economy that also conserves it’s rich cultural and biodiverse landscape.

The 2014 Wildflower Festival will take place on the 31st of May and the 1st of June. A detailed programme of events will be posted as soon as it is finalised.

Species to look out for include the wide range of orchids, salvias, sainfoin, rockrose, and a diversity of clovers and vetches. These meadow species occur in large numbers creating a wonderful spectacle which is rarely seen in most parts of Europe.

Prince Charles has visited the Saxon Villages. Click here to find out why a Transylvanian Meadow is being created at Highgrove.

Please visit the Fundatia Adept and the Discover Târnava Mare websites to find out more about this region and the Wildflower Festival.

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Fundatia Adept has been working with local farmers and villagers to develop and improve sustainable rural incomes.
One of the reasons that the landscape is filled with wild flowers is that the land is farmed on a small scale, with traditional hay making systems and the use of natural rather than chemical fertilisers. However this small scale system also makes it difficult for farmers to sell their products within the increasingly large scale and complex European agricultural system. Fundatia Ade...
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The Saxon Villages

The Saxon Villages of Transylvaniawere first settled by German farmers and artisans in the 12th century who were invited by the Hungarian Kings. They are characterised by their fortified churches and their compact village layouts which were designed to protect the local population during the Tartar and Ottoman wars. The styles of the churches range from the 13th to the 16th century and seven of them have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Saschiz within the local area of th...
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Hay Making