Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2019

The Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards programme is a partnership between the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Celebrating edible gardens, the awards recognise and support individuals, groups, organisations, schools, ELCs, communities, and businesses that grow their own food.

The awards also seek to encourage locals to consider establishing a garden, either by themselves or with others.

Check if the garden is in the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area.

Entries for the 2019 awards have now closed.


  • residential house
  • residential unit
  • school or early learning centre
  • community or business

Special awards

  • sustainability
  • organics
  • use of rain water
  • outstanding yield

Assessment criteria

  • variety and range of plants
  • quality and general health of plants
  • freedom from pests/disorders/diseases
  • general presentation
  • absence of weeds, particularly noxious
  • innovation (use of available space)
  • use of walls, raised beds, containers
  • use of beneficials (flowers, herbs, companion planting)
  • organic aspects (conversion of waste etc)
  • crop rotation and planning

Assessment panel

Garden assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Conditions of entry

  1. Entry is free, and open to individuals, groups, organisations, schools, early learning centres, communities, and businesses within the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area only.
  2. All entrants allow the organisers to publish their name and photograph in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  3. Entrants grant the panel permission to enter their property for assessment at a mutually convenient time. Gardeners are encouraged to be present to talk with the panel.
  4. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place in March 2019. Nominees will be advised of the date.
  5. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Entrants are invited to attend an award ceremony to be held in April 2019.

Garden photos

It would be appreciated if entrants could take photos of their garden throughout the summer for inclusion in the photo presentation at the award ceremony.

For more information

Contact Wendy Gunther, Community Support Officer

Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street

Phone: 03 941 5113

Email: wendy.gunther@ccc.govt.nz

Recognising edible gardens in Spreydon-Cashmere

The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is delighted to partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society in the Edible Garden Awards scheme this year for our local residents, schools, families and community groups to acknowledge their efforts to produce food on their properties and in their gardens.

This is an opportunity to recognise all types of food gardens great and small. We are particularly interested in highlighting sustainability, as the Board is committed to ensuring the bounty of eco-diversity and well-being that flows from caring for our environment. 

So, whether the vegetable patch, orchard, or rain garden in your yard or your neighbour’s, is new or long established, do put in a nomination and join in with young and old gardeners across the neighbourhoods celebrating local food gardens.

Karolin Potter 
Chair, Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to join with the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board in holding the Edible Garden Awards in your area.

We hope that many of you will enjoy taking part and helping to share knowledge about the delights of growing your own fresh foods. The pleasure and health benefits of creating your own produce from seeds to tasty harvest for your kitchen are beyond comparison in today’s world. We look forward to meeting you and visiting the food growing spaces in Spreydon-Cashmere.

Alan Jolliffe
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society

Check if the garden is in the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area

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