Est. 1999 Christchurch South Community Gardens Trust takes care of our community gardens, a recreational site, resource centre and many community projects.
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)
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.
When to visit
Our garden is open to public 24/7.
Current Volunteer Days & Times ( Tool Sheds Open)
- Thurs: 10am – 3pm ( workers lunch 12.30pm)
- Sat: 10am – 3pm (workers lunch 12.30pm) Plants & Compost for Sale every Saturday
What we offer
Food Waste Collection
Bring your kitchen waste to be made into compost and used on the gardens.
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.