Christchurch South Community Gardens Trust

Welcome to

Christchurch South Community Gardens

Situated at 188 Strickland Street , Sydenham , the gardens have developed since 1999 into a multi-purpose community resource. Feel free to drop in at any time to look around and see what is going on. There are many opportunities for participating – contact us for more information. Christchurch South Community Gardens are operated by the Christchurch South Community Gardens Trust. Haere mai.

Upcoming Events

We had a great time meeting locals and visitors at the gardens at Winter Matariki (harvest) day.
More events to come!



 Harvesting Grapes 

 Each year we harvest around 200 kgs of grapes from our vines. From this we make a delicious 40litres of grape juice which we freeze and bring out in summer.

 It is very easy to make – here’s the receipe. Pluck the individual grapes of the bunches . Half fill a large saucepan with grapes and fill the other half with water . Boil until fruit is soft ( approx. 1 hour), mashing as you go. Strain through a fine cloth. Add sugar to taste. Cool and freeze. Defrost and add more water as required – enjoy on a sunny day after a productive day in the garden.


Home Composting

Minimise your “waste-miles,” turn your waste into a resource, improve soil structure & fertility, grow great veges & flowers!
Free composting advice – any problems or questions contact us by email or phone

More workshops, information and bookings


Other Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, gardening, composting, sustainability, transition initiatives, doing research, or working on a trust or simply meeting new people,  then  drop in or contact us.

Garden Hours

We have regular gardening activities at 188 Strickland Street. Tuesday Thursday, Wednesday Saturday 10-2pm

Market Days

The garden runs 3-4  market days each year to promote the range of plants and produce available, and to get to know the community. There are always tasty garden treats and the ever popular lucky visitor pickle basket prize!


  • Plastic supermarket bags.
  • Old green recycling bins.
  • Spare manure, untreated sawdust. straw, leaves etc that we can use for  composting.


The Gardens produce a quarterly newsletter which is available by email. Send us your email address and we’ll add you to our circulation list.

Compost Art 2009


Can I buy vegetables?

You can come and garden in return for receiving plants, vegetables, flowers & compost.
You are welcome to exchange veges for a koha or cash contribution  to the garden. There is a  box provided.
How much to give?  We are a not-for-profit seasonal community garden growing fresh organic produce – you decide.

Other produce

Organically produced “hand-saved” seeds and plants for sale onsite at the Gardens.

If you have any enquiries about anything on this website, please contact us or drop in at the times above.