Food Forest Garden Tours
Tours of the Guyton’s Food Forest Garden are available seasonally, with bookings made through us at the Environment Centre or through our booking site -

View our events listing for upcoming tour dates. For photos and to read more about the Guyton’s Food Forest:
Permaculture Research Institute
Food Forest NZ Blog
Southland Times Article
Travellers Point Blog
38 below Blog
National Radio Story

Riverton Community Forest Garden
This is a great example of a young food forest, situated on the main street of Riverton behind the Anglican Church. This 1/4 acre section was purchased in 1997. Donations of various plants have been made by individuals, the Southland branch of the Men of the Trees have donated several fruit and nut trees, Aparima Nursery Enterprise donated a selection of native trees. It was originally envisaged that this would be a garden mainly for vegetable growing but over time this was hard to sustain due to the main grass on the land being couch! Keen volunteers are now setting up as a bio-regional example of a diverse permaculture food forest with a selection of vegetables included.

We plan to 'officially' open this attraction when we have information signs explaining how a food forest works. So far, we have a $575 grant (Southland District Council Community Initiatives Fund) towards this - any donations to help us reach our target of $1574 will be greatly appreciated and are tax deductable - visit us or email if you can help.

Discussion Forum
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Check our events listing to see about upcoming workshops. If you would like to attend a workshop but can’t find one coming up, please contact us.