We are a highly energised group in the village of Riverton, a small coastal community in Southland where we have established and developed
Our Environment Centre in Riverton is venue for many active local groups including an organic food co-operative, Riverton Estuary Care, Aparima Pest Busters and Riverton Organic Growers. We run festivals and projects, such as the annual Heritage Harvest Festival and the Open Orchard project, and provide information on how to live sustainably.
We have an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop that otherwise would have been difficult to facilitate without a base. These include their Seed savers network, Southland wide adult and childrens education and are establishing Heritage Orcahrd parks throughout Southland.
We are presently raising money to own our building debt free - see the upgrade tab.
The South Coast Environment Society (SCES) was formed in 1996 to operate the newly established Riverton Environment Centre in Southland. The Centre provides a base for and support the three pre-existing groups, Riverton Estuary Care, Riverton Organic Gardeners, and Riverton Organic Food Co-op.
With educational displays in the Centre the Society promotes environmental awareness on a broad range of topics.They have an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop that otherwise would have been difficult to facilitate without such a base: Southland Seed Savers, Open Orchard Project, their annual Heritage Harvest Festival to name a few.
The Society has provided constant and reliable management for the Centre, making it the oldest continuously running Environment Centre in New Zealand and in 2016 was judged as the best Environment Centre in NZ by the Ministry for the Environment.
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