Change is good and Greening the Rubble has seen a few changes just recently! At our recent strategy meeting it was time to reflect on the year just past, and to look ahead and plan the future. At that meeting our project co-ordinator Rachael Annan announced her resignation, which we accepted with regret.
We completed making an award-winning garden at Ellerslie International Flower Show in Hagley Park, February 2014. After de-construction there, it will be moved to a city site (ReStart Mall) in May-June 2014 to be used and enjoyed by the public. The concept design by GtR Projects Supervisor Jonathan Hall and friends earned Ellerslie Show [...]
We began build on the 12th Sept, made possible by generous sponsorship: large rocks from Taggarts, concrete tank and pipe from Hynds, excavator and [...]
The Greening the Rubble ‘relocatable park’, last seen at Rotherham Street, Riccarton was installed July 2013 at 728 Colombo Street, on the corner with Gloucester in our central city. Soon it will host a Gap Filler project ‘Sound Garden’; opening as part of FESTA on Saturday, 26 October [...]
A temporary park site is now open opposite the Library in Peterborough Street. It is adjacent to the Temple for Christchurch timber sculpture construction-site (which will itself be open to the public in early September and then moved off-site). This new Greening the Rubble mini-park uses brick-filled gabions and tree planters last seen at Barbadoes Street [...]
A site within the Eastern Frame of the central city has running water on its surface, springing up from a hole bored into the top aquifer. It is at the corner of Madras and Armagh Streets; and in pre-European days there was a stream close by. In conjunction with local-resident landscape designer Di Lucas and [...]
A private householder has shared their garden site with Greening the Rubble for a few years (via a licence to LiVs), before they can re-build. Site preparations began at the corner of Cranmer Square and Chester Street in late April 2013 and were delayed by adjacent pumping station works, after which other GtR projects leap-frogged [...]
This autumn, Greening the Rubble has opened a temporary service for gardeners, including those in Red Zoned areas who will have to abandon established gardens when they relocate. The outdoor Plant Exchange at Barbadoes Street accepts donations of perennials, and gives away these plants to new homes. It’s a “bring and swap”, much like the [...]
UPDATE: 21 to 25 Beresford Street has been the only site to suffer significant vandalism, plus bad luck – as a water supply proposed by ReNew Brighton for lawn watering was not available. During summer 2012-2013 the boardwalk was significantly damaged, plants were stolen and pallet seats broken-up. We had to make [...]
Formerly on the corner of Peter Scoular Park, 200 Tuam Street (opposite the former City Council offices), was a recycled timber office made for Life in Vacant Spaces . LiVs is the latest addition to post-earthquake Christchurch transitional projects. It is a charity which helps link landowners and temporary users of [...]
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