Prince Charles, who is currently paying a private visit to Romania, arrived in the UNESCO village of Viscri on Wednesday, where he has a meeting, at the headquarters of his foundation, with several farmers and experts in the forestry area.
“His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales, is paying a visit today to the seat of his foundation in Romania, which is here, in Viscri. Here we have a training centre for the rural communities, mainly of Romania. Today there are scheduled two events, one about protecting forests in Romania, and a second one regarding local producers. About forests – you probably know very well that the Prince of Wales is very concerned with the situation of the Carpathians, as these mountains are the last natural resource of Europe and we are trying to encourage an efficient and responsible administration of mountains,” Aura Woodward, “Prince of Wales” Foundation Executive Director said.
According to her, also attending the meeting are representatives of a European organisation, Pro Silva, as well as specialists in the forestry environment of Romania.
“It is a meeting of a European organisation named Pro Silva, which we hose and which is opening a branch in Romania, and there are also forestry specialists from Romania. It is a very open discussion on the existing issues and on how we could help to preserve the Carpathian Mountains,” Aura Woodward said.
She mentioned that the “Prince of Wales” foundation plans to launch a new programme for supporting Romanian farmers.
“The ‘Prince of Wales’ foundation is launching a new programme for supporting Romanian farmers. We have here a handful of producers of the area, who have different natural products and we are trying to work with them, to see how we can help them improve their products, make a more efficient marketing, sell them better and get more money in their pockets,” the foundation director also said.
In context, she mentioned that the farmers attending the meeting with Prince Charles have brought cheeses, honey, jam and smoked meat.
“It is a private visit, and, same as always, His Royal Highness wants to work, too, in the sense of talking about projects that are really close to his heart, such as preserving the heritage, supporting farmers, sustainable development and forests. It is, as I said, a private visit, but there are moments in this visit when the Prince wants to work for his foundation and for some other organisations he supports,” Aura Woodwad also said.
The Prince of Wales Romania Foundation is the only organisation of His Royal Highness in Romania and was established two years ago. The organisation supports the preservation of the cultural heritage, agriculture, and sustainable development. Each year, the organisation offers training courses for the restoration of historic buildings, the revival of old crafts and stimulation of small businesses, reads a UK Embassy in Bucharest release.
The diplomatic mission brings to mind that the foundation has the seat in Viscri village of Brasov County, a place on the UNESCO heritage list, where a house of 1700 was turned into a training centre and guest house. The old barn has become a lecture room and coffee shop. The training centre has recently added a professional kitchen and the coffee shop serves local products such as cheese, ham, preserves and honey.
Prince of Wales’ heartfelt visit to Viscri
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited on Wednesday the headquarters of his namesake foundation in the Transylvanian village of Viscri, where he met forestry experts and small farmers with whom he discussed the future of Romanian forests.
The focus of Prince Charles’ visit was a meeting with representatives of the “Pro Silva” Association.
The Prince also spoke to local producers who presented him cheeses, meat products and local honey. The heir to the British crown inquired about how they work and market their produce.
At the Foundation, Prince Charles was welcomed with a menu created especially for him by local chef Robert Birtalan, who cooked for the first time for His Royal Highness. Robert Birtalan shared his story on how he got to be Prince Charles’cook for one day – following an e-mail he sent the British Royal House. His message ended at Aura Woodward, the Executive Director of The Prince of Wales Foundation, who said she was impressed by how Birtalan signed his bid – “Robert, always hungry!”