The Council protects open space, landscape and biodiversity through parks and reserves, covenants, sites of ecological significance, consents, land, waterways and coastal restoration programmes.
There is a growing awareness of the need to maintain our biodiversity, and we have an active programme of protection and restoration to address this need.
In the Biodiversity Strategy the Council has set about to protect, maintain and restore our natural environment with the help of organisations, groups and individuals ensuring our environment and natural resources are here not only for us but for our children and future generations.
Looking for financial assistance with fencing, planting or pest plant and animal control, then you may like to consider applying to the Christchurch City Council Biodiversity Fund.
The Christchurch City Council Biodiversity Fund is designed to support and encourage initiatives that protect and enhance indigenous biodiversity on the Christchurch Plains, Port Hills and Banks Peninsula.
Projects must be on private land, and sites must meet the criteria for ecological significance. The Council can provide more information on whether a site is likely to meet criteria, and may be able to provide an assessment by a professional ecologist.
The list is not complete, so if your organisation can fund biodiversity projects for landowners or community groups, and you would like to be listed here, please contact us.
Pest plants and animals must be controlled to protect our native plants and animals (biodiversity).
To bring back native birds, animals and plants into your garden, neighbourhood and city.
A site of ecological significance is an area that has been assessed for its high biodiversity value.
There is no requirement from landowners to fence or provide public access.
The area may be subject to rules in the District Plan that require consent.
Contact the Christchurch City Council Duty Planner.
A covenant is a voluntary legally binding protection agreement that is registered on the title of the land that binds the current and all future landowners.
The Christchurch City Council, QEII National Trust, Department of Conservation and Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust can covenant land. A covenant means you can access funding to help with survey, legal and fencing costs.
Any work within areas of high biodiversity or landscape value, whether it is planting, fencing or building may require consent.
Contact both Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council Duty Planner.
View Chapter 9 of the Christchurch District Plan(external link)
A booklet looking at a small selection of the plants found in Canterbury and how Maori traditionally use them.
Nga Taonga O Nga Iwi - Treasured Plants of the People [PDF, 16 MB].
Maori respect for the natural world and the importance of place and of native plants in their lives is reflected in many
This resource is primarily designed for intermediate and secondary students.
All Canterbury schools have been sent a copy of the booklet.
Volunteer in groups around Christchurch to restore biodiversity.
The list is not complete, so if your organisation would like to be listed here, or if your web details have been updated, please contact us.