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TreadLightly EnviroFest 2011

Strong winds did not deter more than three thousand visitors who took time out last Sunday to learn more about sustainable living and celebrate World Environment Day at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens TreadLightly EnviroFest.

Now in its fourth year, the festival aims to promote innovation and ideas as well as highlighting what we can all do as individuals and a community to live more sustainably and make a difference to our environment.

Hosted by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, this festival is developed and presented in partnership with the EPA Division within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

RTBG Director Lesley Kirby says the festival is an opportunity for the Gardens to promote the important messages of living life with a small footprint.

"TreadLightly returned in force showing the simple actions we can all take to make a significant contribution to improving Tasmania’s environment as well as reducing the effects of climate change," Ms Kirby said.

"The popularity of the TreadLightly EnviroFest reflects the growing number of Tasmanians actively adopting sustainable practices in their daily lives," said Ms Kirby.

"Special thank must go to our ever growing list of sponsors including Southern Water and PowerCom, who make this event possible".

The 2011 TreadLightly EnviroFest encouraged Tasmanians to think about their impact on the environment and how they can make a difference at home, at work, at school and out in their community.

"The event showcases ideas, tools and resources that assist families and organisations to make that step towards living more sustainability within their community," Ms Kirby said.

More than 50 exhibitors took part in the 2011 event, with a number of speakers talking on a range of topics from rotational planting through to how to tread lightly with a more ecological and sustainable approach to building.

The 2011 program featured guest speakers, activities and entertainment, including gardening Guru Peter Cundall, school debates, and an exciting range of activities for the kids.

The 100 Mile Café also offered food for thought – serving food sourced within 100 miles (or 160 kilometres) of the Garden’s site.

The festival forms part of Tasmania’s celebration of World Environment Day, celebrated each year on the 5th of June. The theme for World Environment Day 2011 is Forests: Nature at your service.

"This event provides not only a serious forum for ideas and innovation concerning climate change, but also a fun family atmosphere to enjoy and learn," Ms Kirby said.

Importantly the festival walked the talk with hundreds of Tasmanians walking or riding to the Botanical Gardens.

As a community based festival, TreadLightly EnviroFest relies on input from sponsors, volunteers and community organisations willing to give up their time and resources to help promote the message of sustainable living. Thanks for all your help in the lead up to the event, during and ongoing. Without your support this event and many others at the Gardens would simply not be possible.