Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail

Be part of the backyard revolution!

The Sustainable Backyards Trail showcases Taranaki’s most inspiring productive gardens and innovative responses to today’s sustainability challenges.

Held from October 27 to November 5 2017, the trail is about sharing knowledge, ideas and inspiration. It’s also an opportunity for you to connect with people who are enthusiastic about growing their own food, looking after the land, saving money and sharing resources, collectively contributing to a more resilient Taranaki, New Zealand and planet.

As well as inspiring tours, the Sustainable Backyards Trail features talks and demonstrations given by gardeners and other local experts to help you:

  • Get started in your own garden
  • Reduce your cost of living
  • Feed your family
  • Reduce waste
  • Work with the water cycle
  • Make the most of what your property offers
  • Connect with your neighbours.

For more information visit the Trail website at www.sustainablebackyards.org.nz or like the Facebook page.

Sat Oct 28 & Sun Oct 29
Sat Nov 4 & Sun Nov 5

Gold coin entry

Villa Bumblebee
Merrilands, New Plymouth

Local sustainability entrepreneur and driver of community initiatives, Franziska, has maximised the growing space on her 550 m2 urban section.

Using vertical spaces, a greenhouse and layered plantings, she aims to grow as much high quality organic food as possible to feed her family – and to share with the community via CropSwap events. She has also started a berm garden from which passers-by can help themselves.

You’ll also see 32 fruit trees, berry bushes, productive ground covers and climbers, grid tied solar, bottled fruits and vegetables, dry herbs, homemade bread and beeswax candles.

You might even luck upon a piece of hot pizza from the pizza oven on your visit!

Purposeful Paddocks

Three years ago Hazel and Derek bought 10 acres of bare hillside paddock near Urenui.

Aided by a GreenBridge design, they sectioned off smaller fields for their horses, pigs, chooks and ducks, and planted 2500+ new trees to create shelter belts and to rehabilitate the riparian zone around the lake.

The beautifully simple solar passive house is supported by infrastructure such as integrated grey/blackwater systems, a glass house and a tunnel house, and is surrounded by a young food forest.

Bring your shopping bag if you’d like to buy some of Hazel and Derek’s surplus produce from their farm-gate stall.

Sustainable Backyards