Greening the Rubble (GtR) is now The Green Lab. We still create public green spaces and places where communities can gather, but this website is no longer being maintained or updated. If you’d like to get in touch with us, please use the contact page over at our new website.  We are a charitable trust that grew after the Canterbury earthquakes to contribute to the rejuvenation of our city. Our focus is to work with communities, co-creating spaces that support strong connections and wellbeing.

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Current Projects

Herbal Dispensary

Herbal Dispensary

We saw an opportunity to green this site and add a comfortable meeting and reading area beside the Gap Filler ‘Think Differently’ Book Fridge. This site was the former Herbal Dispensary and already had some wildflowers and herbs growing, so we wanted to keep with this theme.

Kua Hua Ake Te Ao

Kua Hua Ake Te Ao

GtR was asked to design and build this garden with volunteer help from the local Linwood community. The garden is adjacent to Kua Hua Ake Te Ao cafe, which was also created by the community of Linwood to enable them to meet, treat themselves and enjoy a little beauty and serenity in their day…

Sound Garden

Sound Garden

In collaboration with Gap Filler, the Sound Garden was created as a social space for local workers to have lunch and for children of all ages to play. The original Sound Garden opened as part of FESTA on Labour Weekend 2013, when the artists who worked on the project performed an opening piece…

Propeller Benches

Propeller Benches

Our Propeller Benches debuted at the SCIRT World Buskers Festival in 2015. They were designed and built under copyright by Jonathan Hall, GtR Site Supervisor (with a bit of help from the team). They can fit together in a multitude of ways to best make use of a space. These will pop up in different events around the city, so keep an eye out!

Built by Honest Means

Huge thanks to:

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