People grow and share fresh, healthy food at community gardens throughout Christchurch. Community gardens are great places to meet people, learn new skills and enjoy food.

Community gardenSupport your local gardens

Community gardens need many helpers and resources to support their activities and enable them to provide ongoing benefits to communities. If you would like to support, volunteer or donate contact a community garden near you. 

Find a community garden near you

This map(external link) provides the locations and contact details for community gardens in Canterbury. 

Create a New Community Garden

The Council has developed a guide for creating a new community garden [PDF, 192 KB] 

Answers to commonly asked questions [PDF, 20 KB] [DOC, 58 KB] about creating a community garden 

Key steps to consider:

  1. Talk with an existing community garden about their journey and operations
  2. Grow support in your community
  3. Create a leadership group who can take the project forward
  4. Establish your vision, purpose and the operating guidelines for the garden
  5. Choose a suitable location in consultation with the land owner or Council
  6. Identify resources needed, budgets and funding options
  7. Identify resources and skills in your community who can help deliver on your shared vision
  8. Create a suitable not-for-profit legal entity to manage the garden and activities
  9. Prepare a written proposal to the Council (if using Council land)
  10. Negotiate and sign a licence to occupy or lease to use the land
  11. Organise community working days to set-up and start growing