News from Madagascar


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence have been visiting the work of Feedback Madagascar this week.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence are greeted by Jamie Spencer
Her Royal Highness first learned of Feedback Madagascar when she visited Jamie Spencer's mother's factory, Hermione Spencer Designer Knitwear, in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, 21 years ago. Jamie had a desk in the corner!  (Jamie Spencer is married to Crinan Hotel owners Nick & Frances Ryan's daughter Julia)

The charity now works in 94 Communes supporting 200,000 people to help conserve 1000 square miles of Madagascar's unique forest. They employ 70 staff, half of whom live in the villages, ensuring their actions are truly in partnership with and powered by the people.

Her Royal Highness has been visiting one commune, part of the Wild Silk project, from where 650 trained weavers make and then sell their precious silk scarves across the world, and in turn manage the Tapia forests where the wild silk moth thrives.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence watching a weaver at work
You can see and hear what David Attenborough had to say about the project here:

The honour of receiving Her Royal Highness will help Feedback Madagascar to scale and spread their successful models for development and conservation. The visit marks a review of last 20 years of development led conservation. 86 schools built, 172 clean water supplies, 2500 health agents…..1 million trees planted. And now the next 20 years. Bigger and better.

If you would like to support their work further please do so at or you can visit the Feedback Madagascar shop at The Crinan Hotel where there is a good range of Feedback Madagascar products which you can buy to support their work - it's a great opportunity to stock up on really unusual Christmas presents!

The Feedback Madagascar Shop at The Crinan Hotel

You can find out more about Feedback Madagascar via these links:  
Website  -  Facebook  -  Twitter

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