The Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens Master Plan 2007 and the Botanic Gardens Management Plan 2007 outline how we manage the gardens.
As Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are interrelated, the Master Plan provides a vision and long-term direction both these places. The plan includes the goals and objectives we want to achieve and proposes a number of projects. An indicative programme and budget for these projects is given for a ten years from 2007-2017.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens has had a long history of amenity and horticultural development and change, reflecting the interests and values of the various curators and the Christchurch gardening public. The Management Plan reinforces these values in a comprehensive and organised way, in addition to promoting the strengthening of the scientific functions of the Gardens and reflecting modern botanic garden plant collection and display trends.
The present day Hagley Park is part of the original area set aside as public reserve at the establishment of this city in the mid-nineteenth century. Although some of the original area has since been reallocated to other uses, including for a school, botanic gardens and public hospital, much of it remains today. The first Hagley Park Management Plan was prepared and approved in 1983. It was then reviewed, updated and adopted in 1991. The current version was adopted as the operative plan in 2007.