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Introducing the UC Community Gardens!

New to campus, or been here a couple of years? Either way, you may not have realised that UC has a beautiful community garden, right here on campus!

Our gardens are your gardens too – they provide a relaxing spot to take a break, eat your lunch, or catch up with friends, right in the middle of campus.

Feel like getting your hands dirty? Want to learn more about organic gardening? Keen to meet some like-minded people? Come and join one of our weekly working bees! Spend some time in the garden, and take home some organic vegetables for dinner…

When: Every Friday afternoon, from 1pm-5pm (summer months) and 12pm-4pm (winter months).

Where: Okeover Community Garden, off Engineering Road.

Just bring some closed toe shoes, a drink bottle and a smile, we have the rest covered. Whether you’re already a keen gardener, or just starting out, we’d love to meet you!

Any questions? Check out our webpage, UC Community Gardens Facebook page, or email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz.

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office.

Beautiful makeover of UC Community Gardens

The Okeover Garden (off Engineering road), one of UC’s Community Gardens, has been transformed over the last months as part of Project ReScape. If you have not visited recently, it is worth having a look during a sunny lunch break.IMG_1615

The new planter boxes are now showing the beautiful design, which blends the simplicity of straight edges with the unique character of the mandala. Jane Aistrope, UC’s Community Gardener, reports that the newly raised beds, which have  solid edges to rest on, are enjoyed by the gardeners as they do not have to bend down all the time! With lovely rich compost amendments (UC’s own leaf mulch, rotted wood chip and soil), the plants have made good growth and are cropping well. Despite the interruption of the makeover, the gardens increased their vegetable production again in 2015.


2016 will be a year of continuing and finishing this project as we work on the orchard glade, a wheelchair accessible planter box, an outdoor kitchen and re-cladding the tool shed. Come and be part of the action whether you’re new to gardening, have green thumbs or are handy with tools. Friday afternoon working bees (1-4 pm during term time) can be as relaxing or energetic as you choose, but good people and fresh produce are guaranteed.

For other information about the community gardens, check here. The community gardens also have a dedicated Facebook Page. The community gardens are coordinated by the UC Sustainability Office.