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UC Community Gardens win awards

We’re delighted to share that both UC Community Gardens on campus received an award at the recent Christchurch City Council Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards!

These awards are held annually as a partnership between the Christchurch City Council, Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society. The awards recognise and support individuals, groups, schools, communities and businesses that grow their own food. We’re proud to say both Waiutuutu Community Garden and Dovedale Community Garden received Community Awards for their organic and sustainable gardening practices.

Feast your eyes on some photos from our award winning gardens below!

Dovedale Community Garden

Proud Dovedale Gardeners: Melissa Xu, Aaron Kinname, Karen Hayes, Alistair Sharp, Michael Abrahamson, Kathrin Mathias, Andrew McGahan, Jane Meiforth, Ashlin Freear and Donghuan Xu with their garden award certificate

Dovedale Community Garden has existed for over 8 years as part of the Canterbury University gardens. Often used by Waiutuutu gardeners as a satellite garden to grow crops, it also has a wonderful group of regular volunteers who meet once a week to garden on private and group allotments. If you’re coming from off campus, you’ll find this hidden gem via the road from Solway Avenue. Follow the road and turn left where you will find a gateway to enter the garden straight ahead. For more information on Dovedale Garden and to join the community see the Facebook group here.

Waiutuutu Community Garden

Waiutuutu Community Garden was established in 2002 as an informal recreation and learning space for students, staff and anyone else associated with the University.  It utilises permaculture and organic growing methods –  this means no pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used, and there is an emphasis on creating a self-supporting ecosystem and using natural processes.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday afternoon working bees for gardening, good conversations and cups of herbal tea. The entrance to Waiutuutu Community Garden entrance is via the walking path from Engineering Road beside Okeover Stream. For more information on Waiutuutu Community Garden see our website, Facebook or email Niki Jones, Community Gardens Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wing (top) and Jess (bottom) enjoying what both seasons have to offer in Waiutuutu

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Bike Pumps on Campus

UC Sustainability is busy working on different solutions to our current bike pumps on campus, due to constant breakages.  Do you have any ideas or solutions for bike pumps you’ve seen work well elsewhere? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so we can help keep you safe on your bikes this winter! Leave your comments below or send us an email at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you do find a bike pump that is broken on campus, please let the Sustainability Office know. Check out our step-by-step guide to using the bike pumps here.

For more information on services available for cyclists on campus like bike pumps, repair stations , secure bike stands and Dr Bike,  see our website.

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UC Pedals into Third Place in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Time to celebrate!

Congratulations to all our UC staff who participated in the 2020 Aotearoa Bike Challenge – you helped us pedal UC into 3rd place in Ōtautahi Christchurch and 5th in all of Aotearoa!

Our 2020 cycling success

  • We had 235 out of 3,421 staff sign up to the challenge – that’s 6.9% participation
  • Together we cycled 49,781 kms during the month of Feb with 28,022 kms being commuter trips
  • And, not only did we clock up some serious kilometres, but our combined efforts saved 6,325 kg of CO2!

So what is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourage workplaces across Aotearoa to experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. The challenge is designed so you compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes, with your team earning points for your rides, kilometres and for every person you encourage to sign up and ride a bike during the month of February.

Huge thanks and happy riding to everyone who participated. We’d love to see you logging your rides again next year – and look out Christchurch City Council and the CDHB!

For more information and to sign up for the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge, see here.

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Free Breakfast for Cyclists: BYO Cup!

It’s the event worth getting out of bed (and onto your bike) for… the Bike Breakfast is back next Monday 23rd March from 8am – 10am at the Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park!This year your reward for biking to UC is coming in the form of vegan danishes, banana smoothies and fair trade coffee… and it’s all for FREE! All you need to do is ride to UC next Monday 23rd, park up your bike in the snazzy new Beatrice Tinsley bike stands (or, show us your helmet if you parked up elsewhere) and we’ll reward you with breakfast on us.

Please note: There will be no single use cups at this event. The Cup Library won’t be available at this event so please bring along your own coffee cup. UC is following advice from WHO and Ministry of Health regarding all upcoming events, read more>

What else can you expect?

On the spot bike repairs thanks to Dr Bike, cycling chat and information about the city cycleways thanks to the wonderful Anne from the Christchurch City Council, and more cycling banter than you’ve ever heard before…

Did we mention there’s FREE breakfast on the line?!

See you, your bikes and your coffee cups next Monday 23rd March in Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

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Don’t panic, it’s organic!

A fresh, local, organic veggie market stall on campus? Sign us up!

 Every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm you can find the Laughing Pukeko’s stall by the food trucks on campus. Last week we saw squash, beans, beetroot, kale, silver beet, tomatoes, salad greens and cucumber…. What will be fuelling your dinners, lunches and 3pm-itis snacks this week?

Drop by every Wednesday to meet the Laughing Pukeko and learn more about the organic farmlet bringing fresh produce to our campus!

See the weekly Facebook event here for more info.

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