Weeding out riverside complacency
23 June 2021
Eager to be “part of the solution” and not simply onlookers, Gen and Malcolm Long have dug deep to rescue reserves and riverside tracks from smothering weeds.
The busy couple are part of the volunteer army working with Christchurch City Council staff to keep parks, reserves, paths and tracks beautiful.
Love of gardening sows seeds for volunteer work
20 Jun 2021
For passionate gardener Susan Lawrence taking people on tours around Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens is a labour of love.
She signed onto become a volunteer guide at the Botanic Gardens in 2012 after spotting a recruitment ad in the gardening pages of The Press newspaper.
From high-flying property manager to Port Hills park ranger
14 Jun 2021
A chance meeting over a stinkhorn fungus four years ago sparked a whole new life for Christchurch City Council Park Ranger and volunteer team leader Fiona Fenton.
After a high-flying 20 year career managing commercial property in San Francisco and London, including the famed Covent Garden estate, Fiona took a year off after moving to Christchurch with her husband in 2015.
Planting days to bring workmates together
25 May 2021
Grab your workmates, pop on a pair of gloves, pick up a spade and help plant thousands of trees to offset carbon emissions and mark World Environment and Arbor Day.
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) is hosting their first, big Cranford Basin community planting day of the winter season on Saturday 29 May, in conjunction with Christchurch City Council.