The Permaculture Trust won gold in the Pukeko Award for its achievements as a non-profit organisation working to enhance the community and the environment. The Waikato Environment and Business Network also presented awards in 3 other catagories to businesses who were recognised for their work on environmental projects.
The Trust has it’s well established educational garden in the Hamilton Gardens. The Sustainable Backyard is an example of urban permaculture and has been extremely popular with the public. Guided tours are provided for a variety of groups & schools.
Workshops have been held there in conjunction with Hamilton City Council on Community composting. Annual seed swap get togethers are also held in the garden.
The Trust has been involved in providing advice and facilitating a few community gardens within Hamilton.
The most recent being at Te Whare O Te Ata in Fairfield, where the 2nd. stage of a large project has been completed. The no-dig vege gardens & a native shrub area have been created with the help of local Whanau & Taiohi Toa.
Monday 12 July 2004