Nature Play

Nature Play

“The garden created a natural and educational play space for children and parents, using Canterbury native plants in a compact landscape to generate interesting opportunities for exploration.


It has been one of our most challenging and expensive projects so far, with strong reliance on both new partners and established sponsors such as Placemakers, Treetech and the Christchurch City Council (CCC).”

The Nature Play Park was a collaborative project, implemented in late 2013. The Department of Conservation was our major partner on this project, which aimed to promote the interpretation and enjoyment of urban nature. The garden created a natural and educational play space for children and parents, using Canterbury native plants in a compact landscape to generate interesting opportunities for exploration.

NZ Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) member Hilary Wetton (from Chris Glasson Architects) volunteered her time to design this site. It has been one of our most challenging and expensive projects so far, with strong reliance on both new partners and established sponsors such as Placemakers, Treetech and the Christchurch City Council (CCC).

With help from Life in Vacant Spaces Trust (LiVS), we negotiated access for this project to be located on the now Crown-owned site of the former Arches restaurant on the corner of Latimer Square. It is close to where the new Neil Dawson sculpture ‘Spires’ will be located and within sight of the Cardboard Cathedral.

Thanks to the many contributors to the Nature Play Park including:
• Fulton Hogan did the initial site preparation and shaping, installed deer fence posts, dug the tank hole, trenched for power and the river, and provided rocks and boulders.
• Waterforce donated all materials and labour for creation of the river feature and installed irrigation. The miniature (pumped) braided river was our star attraction!
• DOC Motukarara nursery and Trees for Canterbury provided Canterbury native plants.
• CCC organised free water connection and no charge for water usage.
• Ardex NZ donated (and made) the pond liner.
• City Care provided a temporary safety fence free of charge and repaired the footpath around the site.
• Hynds donated a concrete water-tank and walk-through tunnel pipe.
• PlaceMakers sponsored $1000 of materials towards hut construction.
• Central Fencing donated labour to erect a fence, with materials at cost.
• Abell discounted truck hire to move donated topsoil.
• Taggarts donated a large log.
• Treetech provided ‘arbor mulch’, delivered for a discounted cost.
• Adgraphix gave us a 3 for the price of 2 deal on interpretation panels in the hut.
• Wai Ora Nursery donated trees.
• Wharenui School donated kowhai and Coprosma that they grew themselves.

Partners: Department of Conservation, Christchurch City Council, Life in Vacant Spaces Trust, and many others as listed above

Location: 253 Cambridge Tce

Date constructed: August 2013

Date removed: May 2016

Built by Honest Means

Huge thanks to:

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