Eco Fest offers variety

Dot Stevens displays her denim creations at the Spring Eco Fest on Saturday.. Photo: Laura Smith

THIS year’s Spring Eco Fest in Invercargill offered a variety of entertainment and eco-friendly ideas including donkey rides, earthworms and electric quad cycles.

Supported by Southland Forest & Bird, the event last Saturday included a variety of workshops, stalls and children’s entertainment.

Event organiser Jenny Campbell said about 200 people attended and stallholders were pleased, particularly with the “indepth” conversations they were able to have with attendees.

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The stalls included the Southland Worm Breeders’ Association, Extinction Rebellion, upcycled jean-product creations and electric cycles.

Southland Worm Breeders’ Association president Ken Calvert said worms could be useful in purifying drainage water on farms, as well as being an ideal pet.

“If you like pets like cats and dogs, you can keep an earthworm. They don’t run away, you feed them food scraps and they do good things for your garden.”

Southland Forest & Bird chairman Chris Henderson said: “We always have positive interactions here… usually by the end of the day it’s chocker.”

Having seen success with his creations in New Zealand and overseas, maker of electric cycles, Bill Blakie, said his latest creation was capable of withstanding harsh conditions, “wind, rain, snow… I’ve tried it in it all”.

Mr Blakie said he had been making them for years and they worked like any other e-cycle.

“There’s some all around the world now.”

He had a photograph of customers who had bought one of his creations which allowed for luggage space. They had picked it up in Southland and rode it back to Hamilton.

Riley Slater (2) was keen on trying out the electric quad-cycle at the Spring Eco Fest on Saturday.
Supported by Southland Forest & Bird, this year’s Spring Eco Fest had more than 200 people attend, including four Forest and Bird members (from left) Chris Rance, Edith Jones, Bronwyn Graham and Chris Henderson.
Lily Hamilton (7) takes time to solve a puzzle about a snake which visits New Zealand.

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