Sus­tain­able Back­yards in HB

Hastings Leader - - News -

The En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre will be run­ning a Sus­tain­able Back­yards pro­gramme over Novem­ber this year, recog­nis­ing that more peo­ple are search­ing for bet­ter ways to con­nect with their com­mu­ni­ties and the en­vi­ron­ment..

The Sus­tain­able Back­yards Project is a fun, ac­ces­si­ble way to pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity that will in­clude groups and in­di­vid­u­als across the re­gion, sup­ported by a Hastings District Coun­cil con­testable fund grant of $4000.

It’s the first time the En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre — which re­cently moved into its new home at 1004 Karamu Rd be­side Nour­ished to Nil, — has run the pro­gramme in Hawke’s Bay.

En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre man­ager Marielle Haringa said the aim was to get about 30 events on board this year, and to grow the pro­gramme in years to come.

Those events could in­clude any­thing from work­shops on worm farms and grow­ing and pre­serv­ing food, to crop swaps, beach clean-ups, green movie nights, ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars about en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and sus­tain­able home tours.

“Our role at the En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre is to bring the com­mu­nity groups to­gether — some events will be held at the En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre and oth­ers will be at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the whole Hawke’s Bay re­gion,” Mrs Haringa said.

The events would be free or low cost, and or­gan­i­sa­tions were en­cour­aged to con­tact the En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre if they wished to be in­volved.

“This will be a great op­por­tu­nity to high­light, cel­e­brate and sup­port the fan­tas­tic range of en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives run by in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out Hawke’s Bay with the aim be­ing to con­nect, in­spire and en­gage peo­ple through­out the com­mu­nity.”

The En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre was one of 32 com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­ceive a coun­cil grant in the lat­est con­testable fund­ing round.

Coun­cil so­cial and cul­tural com­mit­tee chair­man Mal­colm Dixon said that ev­ery day the wider com­mu­nity was be­com­ing more aware of the need to care for our en­vi­ron­ment.

“The Sus­tain­able Back­yards project was a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of what is pos­si­ble to achieve in your own back­yard once you be­come aware.

“The con­testable grants com­mit­tee was de­lighted to be able to sup­port this en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive.”

En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre in­terim e-waste man­ager Robert Haas, left, man­ager Marielle Haringa and sus­tain­able co-or­di­na­tor vol­un­teer To­gia Lui at the new premises on Karamu Rd.

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