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
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 !

We are on the lookout for new board members. 

No experience required, just eagerness and a desire to help.


Get in touch

Garden Shop

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.