Sustainable living . . . Alexandra women Heather Horswell (left) and Adrienne Lamb look over an area where a food forest is being established as they prepare for a series of free, hands-on sustainability workshops being held this weekend. PHOTO: PAM JONES


Electric vehicles and solar power will be part of a series of workshops this weekend aimed at helping more people lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Adrienne Lamb, Heather Horswell and Nigel Murray have organised the hands-on workshops under the umbrella of the “Living Sustainably in Central Otago” initiative.

Three workshops will be held in Alexandra: a session on electric vehicles that will allow people to take a ride in an electric car and also find out about domestic solar electricity systems that some of the car owners have in their homes; a tour around Central Otago Wastebusters to find out more about recycling, and an opportunity to win give-aways and receive discounts on items purchased at Wastebusters; and a composting workshop near a food forest that is being established in Alexandra.

Those taking part in the composting workshop will be able to look around the area where a food forest is being developed, on the old Alexandra swimming pool site.

Mrs Lamb said the “time is right” for both a new way of thinking and a return to the ways of old.

“It’s about how to live sustainably in this world that’s trying to change, or going back to where we were,” Mrs Lamb said.

She encouraged those who might be interested in adopting more sustainable practices but “don’t know where to start” to come along.

Mrs Horswell said it was hoped more hands-on workshops could be held later, depending on demand and interest shown.

The workshops are: Composting, 9.30am-11.30am, Saturday, Alexandra Food Forest, Rivers St; “How to be a wastebuster”, 1pm-3pm, Saturday, Central Otago Wastebusters, Boundary Rd, Alexandra; electric vehicles, 10am-1pm, Sunday, Pioneer Park, Shannon St entrance, Alexandra.

To book go to the Handsoneventsnz facebook page, or phone 021 070-2978, or come along on the day.

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