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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