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Last reviewed: Thu, 09 Apr 2015




Christchurch’s Garden City image comes largely from its more than 740 parks, private gardens, green corridors and the great number of trees found throughout the city.

Our urban environment is made up of over 6000 hectares of green space and 348 kilometres of open waterways. The City Plan protects some 1800 notable and heritage trees and more than 1500 trees are protected as a condition of land development.

Trees are vital to counteract global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer. They are needed in cities to reduce glare and reflection, and form part of the urban character.

Tree-lined streetscapes have an enormous impact on the quality of life of most who live or work in the city.

Trees can increase the aesthetic appearance in the urban environment, creating a sense of identity, a sense of community and a sense of space, with the ability to transform a barren construction into a potential recreation area.

Benefits of trees, especially in the city, are manifold. Their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and filter toxins from the air are urgently needed in the city, to assure a more healthy and vibrant environment, contributing to the health and happiness of the community.

For this urban tree environment to function to its highest potential, sustainable tree management is required to ensure overall vitality, and to maximise the aesthetic significance of the collection for future generations.


Transport and Greenspace
Phone: (03) 941 8999


Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Thursday, 9 April 2015

Next review: Friday, 9 October 2015

Keywords: city plan, garden city, tree laws, tree protection