1 Nov 2014

Expo promotes edible garden city idea

8:28 pm on 1 November 2014

Christchurch City Council says a key part of a new policy to encourage edible gardens around the city is to ensure any silly rules which are causing impediments are removed.

The city council released its Food Resilience Policy and Action Plan today, as part of an expo aimed at making Christchurch the world's best edible garden city.

Deputy mayor Vicki Buck said the city council did not have a lot of money to invest in the project, but could make a commitment that they wanted edible gardens, and would ensure they happened.

She said the council had already made three areas of land available and will make more as groups show interest.

Matt Morris of the Food Resilience Network said the earthquakes created an opportunity to re-imagine Christchurch and there was huge interest in making the city more sustainable.

He said the council has given support to the idea of planting fruit and nut trees in public spaces and expanding community gardens.

Mr Morrissey said he would also like to see the red zone land used for growing food.

A butterfly garden would also planted in central Christchurch, with the aim of attracting insects and children back to the central city.

Lincoln University, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Christchurch City Council were working together to develop a garden which will attract butterflies, moths and bees on an area of vacant land.

Ms Buck said students from Lincoln University would set up the garden and the earthquake recovery authority had allowed temporary use of some land for it.