Thank you for supporting our Spring Market Day

We will have more seedlings and preserves available at the St Mary’s Church Fair on Saturday the 25th of November 2023 from 11am.

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the Christchurch South Community Gardens

Our mission is to develop a resource for the Christchurch community that actively supports a sustainable neighbourhood and enhances social well-being through participation in a neighbourhood community garden.


Volunteer with us

We love to welcome new volunteers to the team.  It’s a great way to contribute to your community and meet people from all walks of life.  While good gardeners are always welcome, you don’t need any prior experience, just a good attitude and a willingness to learn.  Our more experienced volunteers can teach you gardening skills plus it is the ideal environment to develop some garden fitness.

To get started, join us Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 10.30 (worker’s lunch on Thursday & Saturday, BYO lunch Wednesday)

Feel free to garden outside these hours so long as you know what you are doing. Minimal horticultural knowledge plus lots of enthusiasm can be a dangerous thing !


How to enjoy the garden

Payment for plants and produce can be made at the donation/koha box at the front shed.  Most plants and some crops are priced.

For plants and crops not priced the general rule is to leave a fair donation that reflects the value of the work put in by volunteers and staff.  We are a not for profit organisation growing crops and raising plants organically as well as operating a trust-based economy. Trust is the cornerstone of a healthy economy. Please just take a small amount so as many people as possible can have a share of the plants and produce. 

If you don’t have enough $ for what you want, save up and come the next week – your desired crops/plants will probably still be available,  come and see us on a working day and do a bit of gardening with us in exchange for produce and maybe some delicious pickles.

What we offer

Food Waste Collection

Bring  your kitchen waste to be made into compost and used on the gardens.

Community Building

We work with local schools, and host events and workshops in our hall.

Research and Work Experience

We work closely with university students to support their research.  We also offer work experience for a wide-range of social service clients.