Growing and collecting food from public places is fun and a great way to enjoy affordable food.

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Food foraging is thriving across our edible garden city. Find and collect fruit, nuts, vegetables and medicinal herbs from public places near you. Please enjoy natures bounty, leave some for others, take care of yourself and the trees when harvesting. 

Urban Food Foraging Map(external link) of Christchurch

Food foraging map of the Avon River residential red zone(external link)

Otautahi Urban Food Foragers(external link)

Edible Parks

An Edible Park is Council land, where edible plants are grown, cared for and enjoyed by the community in a way that complements the other uses of the park.  Often fruit or nut trees are dotted around the park, along borders, pathways or in clusters to add diversity and amenity for park users. Plants can be harvested by anyone, but the plants must be cared for over time by the surrounding community. This is different to a community garden because the land is not formally occupied by a particular community group. It is simply a park that incorporates edible plants in its landscape.

Many parks in Christchurch can become Edible Parks. If you would like to grow and care for edible trees on a Council park near you, contact your local Council community advisor. 

Answers to commonly asked questions [PDF, 20 KB] about edible parks.