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Michael Barker

Regional Qualification(s):

Heart of England



Phone Number(s):

07880 357366

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I live in the stunning regency town of Royal Leamington Spa right in the heart of Warwickshire, not a stone's throw from Stratford - upon - Avon the birthplace of Shakespeare, the attractively 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 real passion are in the countryside...

For the last 20 years I have been working as a tour manager taking groups of farmers / agricultural students mainly from Australia & the US on "busman's holidays" yes farmers going on holiday to study farming in Great Britain...I also worked as an agricultural consultant imainly in organic farming but also in free range egg farming too...

My first job back in the 1980's was as a driver guide for Dragoman Adventure Travel driving converted trucks taking groups of travellers mainly from the UK and Australia overland to Kathmandu or across Africa to Nairobi some of the trips took 12 weeks...a Dragoman being the name given to professional guides who first guided early European explorers in the 19th century through the deserts of the Middle East and you could say guiding has been a major part of my career in one way or another!

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...

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