About the film

In the small town of Riverton at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island is Robert and Robyn Guyton’s amazing 23-year-old food forest. The 2-acre property has been transformed from a neglected piece of land into a thriving ecosystem of native and exotic trees where birds and insects live in abundance. Robert and Robyn are a huge inspiration to us, not only for their beautiful approach to healing the land and saving heritage trees and seeds, but for the way they’ve impacted on their local community.

They’ve operated an environment centre in their town for over 20 years, where the community comes together to learn and discuss, buy produce and sit by the warm fire over a cuppa. We’ve even heard of folk who’ve up and moved to Riverton because they’re so inspired by the Guytons!

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  • Cassandra Perry

    I am trying to learn about growing things and creating a wild garden habitat. The space I have to work with has a lot of ivy growing in it and virginia creeper. Do you have any suggestions for how to manage such invasive species while allowing them to remain wild? Would you consider simply removing the plants altogether? I admit this is what I had attempted before watching this video. Many snails lived in the ivy and destroyed a few of my plants earlier this year and recently rats began finding refuge there. I like the idea of allowing the animals to do their thing. I or my room mates my draw the line at having rats foraging around near our house though. I’m still learning. Any suggestions?