Wed, Apr 17, 2024 4:00 PM

Earth day picnic a planet pleaser


William Woodworth

Conservation groups are looking forward to a community-based day of eco-and family-friendly celebrations to mark International Earth Day.

The Earth Day Picnic in the Park at Blenheim’s Pollard Park gets underway on Sunday.

And with this year’s theme of Planet vs Plastic, there will be plenty of chances to recycle an array of rubbish.

From Tetra Pak’s, soft plastics, cell phones and more, there is plenty of opportunity for picnic goers to learn about minimising waste.

Envirohub Marlborough organiser Ailie Suzuki having a chat at last year's Picnic. Photo: Supplied/Tamzin Henderson

Envirohub Marlborough general manager and picnic organiser Ailie Suzuki says the event is a great way to show how people can “…tread a little lighter.”

“The aim of Picnic in the Park is to provide a free event while providing information for the community how each of us can tread a little lighter, as well as showcasing conservation in action throughout our region and how each of us can become more actively involved.”

“By taking part in activities like growing our own veggies, making compost, minimising our waste, protecting natural habitats and planting trees, we are making our world a happier and healthier place to live.”

The picnic encourages attendees to bring their own picnics or purchase food on the day with all dishes and cutlery supplied with the Zero Waste Dishwashing Trailer on site.

Alongside the picnic, a craft market featuring only earth-friendly goods, the Conservation Kids NZ Kids Zone, and interactive displays, games and activities by community and conservation groups give something for all to engage with or be entertained by.

Join Envirohub Marlborough at the International Earth Day Picnic in the Park on April 21 at Pollard Park between 10am and 3pm.

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