Palmerston North City Environmental Trust turns 25 this year! 25 years is a big milestone for any non-governmental organisation, and so the trust are throwing the biggest birthday party possible – a three-week environmental festival highlighting all things sustainable happening in our city. EnviroFest is a celebration of environmental groups and initiatives in the Manawatu, running from the 2-23 October this year.
As local environmentalists, we know how many fantastic sustainability activities are going on in our region, but sometimes it seems like the wider public may not know just how much happens. EnviroFest is happening because we want to rectify this. We hope the festival will entertain and education both people already switched on to an eco-lifestyle and those who are newer to these ideas. We been working on the programme for EnviroFest all year and it’s looking very exciting! Confirmed events include a birthday celebration event at the cafe Royale with a locavore cake, guided bush walks, film screenings, upcycling workshops, a Matariki-themed puppet show where all the puppets are made from recycled materials, organic cooking classes for young people and talks about reducing waste, climate change and the Manawatu River, plus much more to come!
We are working with so many wonderful community partners, including PN City Library, Te Manawa and Sports Manawatu, as well as many of the Environment Network Manawatu member groups. We’ve been blown away by the support for the festival from groups big and small, lots of people have told us they’ve been wanting an event like this for Palmerston North.
If you would like to volunteer at EnviroFest, helping to host and work at events, do get in touch; festivals of this size need a lot of community support!
by Helen Lehndorf