The Council protects open space, landscape and biodiversity through parks and reserves, covenants, sites of ecological significance, consents, land, waterways and coastal restoration programmes.

Beech Waipuna Banks Peninsula

There is a growing awareness of the need to maintain our biodiversity, and we have an active programme of protection and restoration to address this need.

In the Biodiversity Strategy the Council has set about to protect, maintain and restore our natural environment with the help of organisations, groups and individuals ensuring our environment and natural resources are here not only for us but for our children and future generations.

Biodiversity funding

Looking for assistance with fencing, planting or pest plant and animal identification and control?

Pest plants and animals

Pest plants and animals must be controlled to protect our native plants and animals (biodiversity).

Sites of Ecological Significance

A site of ecological significance is listed in the District Plan as an area of high biodiversity value.


A covenant is a voluntary legally binding protection of land.


A consent may be required for work within areas of high biodiversity or landscape value.

Treasured Plants of the People

A booklet looking at a small selection of the plants found in Canterbury and how Maori traditionally use them

Volunteer in parks

Volunteering is a great way to help look after the environment you enjoy.

Groups involved in biodiversity

Volunteer in groups around Christchurch to restore biodiversity.