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Michael Barker

Regional Qualification(s):

Heart of England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07880 351366

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Introduction:

Hello

I live in the stunningly attractive Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa right in the heart of Warwickshire, not a stone's throw from Stratford - upon - Avon the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the gently undulating rural Cotswolds with its myriad of quintessentially English villages, the dreaming towers of Oxford, the industrial heartlands of Birmingham and beyond however I haven't always lived in a town because my roots and passion are in the countryside...

For the last 20 years I have been working as an self employed agricultural tour guide taking groups of farmers & students mainly from Australia & the US on "busman's holidays" yes farmers going on holiday to study farming in Great Britain and the EU...I also worked as an agricultural consultant mainly in organic farming but also in the chicken business too...

My first job back in the early 1980's was as a driver guide for an adventure travel company leading expeditions in trucks converted into buses specially equipped for taking groups of travellers on long haul trips mainly from the UK and Australia overland to India & Nepal or across Africa to Kenya and beyond some of the trips took 12 weeks and all camping...in effect I was a Dragoman this being the name given to professional guides who first guided early European explorers in the 18th & 19th century through the deserts of the Middle East and beyond...so you could say guiding has been a major part of my career over many years in one way or another and I still love it to this day!

Originally, I'm from a farming background, I have a degree in Agriculture which has taken me to some far-flung places around the world including cattle ranching in Venezuela and chicken rearing projects in India...oh and I speak Spanish!

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