For information about this year's General Assembly click "Anjou 2019"

The Friends of the Countryside (FCS) represent the custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship. These landowners, entrepreneurs and decision makers which compose FCS, create a network of like-minded individuals united to promote the interests of their land and livelihood through innovative and sustainable practices. Through the platform of the ELO, Friends of the Countryside are able to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the European Union and beyond.

 

   Wonderful to see so many Friends at FFA 2019!   

 

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   "I hope that tomorrow morning you will ask yourself what is possible in your life to make the transition real.   You owe it to the #TheNextGeneration...Change is difficult, change is scary, but change is also vital" @JanezPotocnik22   

 

 

 

FINAL CONFERENCE TBC  

 
ELO are partners in an Erasmus project COFARM - Enhancing cooperation between rural entrepreneurs which will be coming to an end. 
The final conference will be held at Residence Palace on the 24th April at 2pm, and we would like to extend a welcome to you. 
 
Cooperation amongst rural entrepreneurs, rural landowners and farmers has a wide range of mutual benefits, and this Erasmus+ project aims at providing these actors with the skills and knowledge to cooperate more effectively and in innovative ways.
 
The project consortium have created training modules which cover all the fundamentals of farmer to farmer cooperation: from initiating cooperation, to managing expectations, as well as planning exit strategies for a smooth ceasing of operation. The training system will be accessible and relevant for learners. It is fully compatible with desktop, tablet and mobile devices and will be free of charge. You can find more information on the project website .
 
During the conference, we will hear about the outcome of the project, as well as guest speakers from other European funded projects. It will be followed by some refreshments and networking.
 
You can RSVP here
or by emailing: branwen.miles@elo.org

Activities


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     The Welcoming Estates Website was created to provide a service exclusively for members of the Friends of the Countryside who wish to open up their estates and allow visitors to discover and enjoy the beautiful countryside, nature and facilities in exclusive surroundings. Thanks to an attractive, user-friendly and well organised website, people increasingly find their way to the countryside and enjoy the hidden treasures each estate has to offer. The Welcoming Estates Website now displays 28 estates throughout Europe that offer a vast range of actvities for those visiting for the day or making it their holiday destination. 

     Members can choose whether to welcome only other members of the Friends of the Countryside to their estate or extend this welcome to a larger targeted public.

     De Hoge Veluwe National Park (NL) donated €5000 to start this project and Mr. Hein Van Beek of Boubeek Communications and Marketing, who is specialized in leisure activities, is the project manager (www.qlhotels.comwww.seasonsbedandbreakfast.nl).

 

Requirements to join

Be a member of the Friends of the Countryside.

Pay an entrance fee of € 250 excl. VAT. and then an Annual fee of € 200 excl. VAT.

Possess a functioning website of the estate so as to accept booking and reservations.

Add a hyperlinked logo of the Welcoming Estates Website on the estate website.

Take high-quality, attractive photos of the estate to display on the Welcoming Estates Website.

 

 

Friends of the Countryside members can contact Sophy Smits van Oyen - Maltzoff,  events coordinator for the Friends of the Countryside, to receive the Agreement Form, request the Information form or ask for any other information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Add your estate to this beautiful website!  www.welcomingestateswebsite.com

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

 

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Contact Us

Friends of the Countryside ASBL

67, Rue de Trèves

B-1040 Brussels

Belgium

Phone: +32 (0)2.234.30.00

Fax: +32 (0)2.234.30.09

About us

Friends of the Countryside represents the custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship.

 

          

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