Eat Your Backyard

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Eat Your Backyard Community Day
Cultivate, in any space!
Collaborate | Associate | Educate

Saturday 22nd October 9.30 – 3.00pm
Country Paradise Parklands,
231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang 4211

Growing edible produce and native plants in any space while promoting urban food resilience, is the main message of the day. There are also fun activities for the kids including an Eat your Hat parade and activities in the garden. There will be displays on Urban bee keeping and native bees, award winning revegetation examples by Nerang River Keepers, tours of the Nerang Community Gardens, worm farms, composting and aquaculture. Stall holders, demonstrations, delicious food and more.

Eat your Backyard will focus on providing locals with a central hub or meeting place to share ideas on how to utilise your own backyard to become more sustainable and self-sufficient. Food security for both humans and other species is our focus. Gecko invites you and your family and friends to join us at this free community event at the beautiful Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang.

Event Flyer

One of the great activity for the kids on the day is the ‘Eat Your Hat Parade’ commencing at 12:00 pm. Make a hat at home out of leaves and flowers or edible produce then bring it along and join in the fun. 3 categories, 7 yrs and under, 8-12 yrs and 13 yrs to adult. The judges have a few prizes in the cupboard and you can read the full details about this ‘Fashions From The Fields’ event below:

Download or view here: Eat Your Backyard Program Schedule
Download or view here: Event Flyer
Download or view here: Eat Your Hat Parade Details

When, Where & Directions

When: Saturday 22nd October 9.30 – 3.00pm
Where: Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang 4211.




Guest Speakers

Two of our ever popular guest speakers presenting at the event are Jerry Coleby-Williams and Prof. Catherine Pickering. Jerry will be giving two presentations during the event, The first titled ‘The 21st Century Cottage Garden’ as well as ‘Sustainable Food Production’ for an urban environment. Catherine will be presenting ‘Food for Flora and Fauna – creating a food landscape in your space‘.

jerry-colby-williamsJerry Coleby-Williams is a curator, author, Director of the Seed Saver’s Network, and Patron of Householder’s Options for Protecting the Environment. Jerry has been a presenter on ABC TV’s ‘Gardening Australia’ show since 2000, and has been a radio talkback gardening presenter since 1995.

Gardening since the age of four, and trained by the world’s foremost botanic garden – the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – and by Royal Horticultural Society – the world’s foremost horticultural society – Jerry is qualified in horticulture, conservation, arboriculture, botanical sciences and management.

Jerry has unusually rich professional experience having managed production nurseries, urban forests, heritage parks, one of London’s busiest garden centres, and he helped establish Mt Annan Botanic Garden (NSW). For over eleven years, Jerry managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, where he planted the first Wollemi pine. In 2003 Jerry founded ‘Bellis’, an award-winning, thrifty, sustainable house and garden in Brisbane. His garden, unique in Queensland, is opened to the public each year.

professor-catherine-pickeringProfessor Catherine Pickering has over 25 year’s research experience in ecology, including on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity in Australia. This includes how climate change affects the distribution of native plants and weeds, and how we can bolster environmental resilience along with assessing the economic, environmental and social limits to some current adaptation strategies. Catherine’s talk will include information about some of the local natives that have been taken into cultivation including things like macadamias, lemon scented myrtles, finger limes, as well as cover native plants we can grow in our own backyards and street scapes to feed our native animals, birds and insects.

Currently, Professor Pickering lectures at the Griffith School of Environment and researches climate change, sustainable tourism and recreation and plant ecology. She has over 250 publications. She is also active in developing technology to promote biodiversity conservation. This includes the free app for smartphones and tablets ‘Grows at Griffith’ that can be used to identify 300 plants found at the five campuses of Griffith University.

How to get involved

Gather your tribe and come join us on the day.

Enjoy this feature packed free community event and stay for a picnic lunch in the beautiful Country Paradise Parklands.

Stay connected with the latest updates via the Facebook event here: Facebook Events – Eat Your Backyard

We look forward to seeing you there.


Stallholders will provide opportunities for organisations and local groups to showcase their goods, services, ideas and knowledge. Our focus is to involve the community, promote sustainable food production, grow native plants and minimise impacts on the environment assisting in creating a positive step towards Climate Change. A terrific undercover space is available for Stallholders. You will be allocated a 4m x 3m area for you to setup your display in The Barn at the Country Paradise Parklands.


The purpose of the Demonstration component of our event is to share ideas, educate the public and spark interest in new concepts for positive change for the environment.

General Contributions:

We welcome your contribution via donations to Gecko. This assist in creating a pathway for a positive greener sustainable future on the Gold Coast.

For further information please contact:

Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council Association Inc.
Gecko House, 139 Duringan Street

Phone: (07) 5534 1412
Contact: Deb

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