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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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COVID-19 | Power update while we are away from campus

The campus is now in lockdown and is only accessible to essential staff. Security is checking the Arts Centre location and plant rooms regularly. Power remains on in all areas except the boilerhouse, while heating and ventilation has been turned off in non-critical, unused areas.

UC has focused on finding the most sustainable ways to maintain critical infrastructure while we’re working off-campus. If you have any concerns about buildings or labs that you would usually be working in, please contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz

The UC website continues to be updated daily and you’ll find a list of previous all-staff communications here>

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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Dr Bike is back for 2020

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Wednesday afternoon from 12pm – 1.30pm, and get your bike serviced for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Wednesday from 12pm – 1.30pm during term time. Come past and say hi, and get your bike looked over while you’re there!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022. And if you’re riding your bike to UC more often than not, you might be interested in our Bike Breakfast event later this month!

Keep an eye out for them on Wednesdays!

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