It all began in 1986 when I decided to take a career break and accepted a job with Laskarina Holidays as resort representative.  I was delighted by the natural beauty of the island and the traditional ways of doing things .  It reminded me not only of my childhood  but also of the harsh yet simple way of life my mother told me about when she was growing up in rural Kent. The following summer I returned and in 1988  bought a cottage and settled. Walking the dog and exploring, I noticed hidden stone paths here and there. Every time I went out, I wasn’t satisfied unless I had found another portion!

Due to the lack of official trail maintenance and the loss of many of these ancient footpaths, in the early 90s, I began inviting friends to join me in my passion to reinstate them. Since 2009 volunteers from all over the world have joined the trail clearing programme via the Workaway cultural exchange organisation.

In 2019 Emmanuel Palaiologos, who has a background in mechanical engineering, joined the organisation, bringing his technical expertise and passion to maintain the trails of his island.

We feel a responsibility towards these works of art and will continue to fight their corner by not only keeping them free and open but also free from illegal fences.

Emmanuel

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