Pest control topic added to weekend

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by Greta Yeoman

A morning lesson on pest control has been added to the line-up of this weekend’s Sustainability Festival in Geraldine.

Marie Gray and Jeremy Agar, of Predator Free Port Hills, will host the “Controlling pests in an urban setting” session at 10.30am on Saturday, September 8.

The talk, organised by volunteers of Talbot Forest Working Group, will explore how to reduce pests such as possums and rats, which damage garden crops, native bush and nesting bird life.

The event will be held at the Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts and admission is by gold coin donation.

The weekend-long sustainability festival, organised by Sustainable South Canterbury Trust, will also include a tour of Timaru’s Redruth recycling plant, workshops on warm housing, sustainability skills and “upcycling” clothing, plus two film screenings.

The events are all $10, except for the gold coin-entry pest control event and the free-entry warm homes event on Saturday.