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Have your say on Botanic Gardens spatial plan

Saturday, April 29, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: planning, gardens, consultation

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 28th April 2017

Want to find out more about the Council’s long-term vision for the Christchurch Botanic Gardens?

Residents will be able to learn about the Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan and give their feedback from 29th April.

The Spatial Plan is a visual illustration of projects from the Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens Master Plan developed in 2007. It shows where important Master Plan projects such as the children’s garden, Gondwana Garden, new conservatory complex and Visitor Centre bridge could be located. More toilet blocks and shelters also feature in the plan. 

View of the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre.Three projects from the Master Plan have been completed since 2007, including the development of the new Visitor Centre and nursery. However, due to the earthquakes many of the projects in the Master Plan have remained unfunded.

The Spatial Plan has been put together to help everyone understand what the future of the Botanic Gardens may look like, and to help assist with funding for projects during the Council's Long Term Plan process.

Public feedback on the Spatial Plan can be given from Saturday 29th April until 5pm on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Christchurch City Council Head of Parks Andrew Rutledge welcomes public input regarding plans for the much-loved Gardens. “This engagement period will enable us to connect with the wider community and to receive valuable feedback on these projects."

One of the goals of the Master Plan is to protect the heritage of the Gardens while also making improvements such as providing better access, shelter, and flow through the park, he says.

"We really want to encourage people to take this opportunity to become well informed about what is in the plan and then let us know what they think."

Find out about the Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan

View the Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan online and at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre - open daily from 8.30am until 5pm.

It will also be on display at:

  • South Library, Linwood Library, and Upper Riccarton Library from Wednesday 3rd until Tuesday 16th May,
  • Te Hapua Halswell Centre, New Brighton Library and Fendalton Library from Tuesday 16th until Monday 29th May.
  • Central Library Peterborough Street from Monday 1st until Monday 29th May.

Botanic Gardens Curator John Clemens will give guided tours of the project sites on foot for those who want to hear the plan explained in person. These 60-minute tours will start at 1pm from the former information centre in the Botanic Gardens near the Armagh Bridge pedestrian entrance, on the following dates:

  • Saturday 29th April,
  • Sunday 30th April,
  • Friday 5th May,
  • Thursday 11th May,
  • Saturday 13th May, and
  • Sunday 14th May.

Ways to provide your feedback on the Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan

  1. Fill out the Council's online feedback form before 5pm on Saturday 27th May.
  2. Email your feedback to engagement[at] with the subject: Christchurch Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan
  3. In person on the guided tours with Dr Clemens
  4. Post a letter to:
    Christchurch Botanic Gardens Spatial Plan Feedback
    Christchurch City Council
    PO Box 73014
    Christchurch 8154

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