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Sustainable Backyards

Sustainable Backyards

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  • Mon 28 Mar ’16, 8:00am – 10:00pm
  • Tue 29 Mar ’16, 8:00am – 10:00pm
  • Wed 30 Mar ’16, 8:00am – 10:00pm
  • Thu 31 Mar ’16, 8:00am – 10:00pm
  • Fri 1 Apr ’16, 8:00am – 10:00pm
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The Historic Village, Seventeenth Ave West, Tauranga Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Sustainable Backyards is back; bigger and busier than ever!

The Sustainable Backyards programme is brought to you by Envirohub Bay of Plenty every March, and is now in its 11th year. The 2016 calendar has 96 events to choose from throughout the Bay of Plenty region, as you can see on our calendars and booklet attached.

The calendar of events includes workshops, talks, festivals, film screenings, open homes and walks. This year, 4 local connectors have been operating in Opotiki, Kawerau, Rotorua and Whakatane alongside our Sustainable Backyards Coordinator, to make it a truly Bay of Plenty wide initiative.

The events are fun and varied and provide people with an opportunity to connect with their communities, share knowledge, learn more, and be inspired towards achieving a more sustainable future. With a diverse mix of activities, there is something for everyone. Some key events to lock into your diary:

FoodFest. A one day family friendly event; with children’s activities, talks, great food, live music, and workshops covering topics such as; making your own garden sustainable, avoiding food waste and composting your waste correctly. There will be a cooking demonstration from NZ Masterchef finalist Hayley Marie.
Saturday 5 March – 1pm to 6pm. Historic Village, Tauranga. Gold coin donation.

Envirofest. A range of inspirational speakers on sustainable business and practices, information stalls and the chance to meet like-minded people and learn something new. Free food & drinks.
Sunday 6 March– 1pm to 7pm. Community Gardens, Whakatane. Free.

Climate Change Speakers Forum and Movie. A special screening of Chasing Ice. This Emmy award winning movie has won critical acclaim for its stunning cinematography and breath taking evidence of the impact of climate change on our planet. Upon conclusion of the movie there will be a Speakers Forum, with renowned experts on climate change and climate adaptation. There will be opportunity to learn more about potential solutions to climate change, the challenges and best practice, followed by a Q&A session with our panel of experts. Tickets available now through Ticketek.
Friday 1 April – 7pm to 9.30pm. Baycourt, Tauranga. $20.

Autumn Harvest Envirofest. Live Entertainment, obstacle course & free scavenger hunt. Seed & produce swap, healthy living talk, gardening, compost & worm farm workshops, movie screening.
Friday 1 April – 11.30am to 9pm. Rotorua Youth Centre, Rotorua. Free.

2016 Sustainable Backyards is going to be bigger and busier than ever before, thanks to the incredible ongoing support from our sponsors; Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council, Bay Trust, The Lion Foundation and Pub Charity. We hope you will make time to connect, learn and be inspired during March towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

For more information on the events or to download a calendar, a booklet or the Home & Garden Map, please go to our website.

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