Greening the Rubble

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At the changing of the guard – welcoming new faces, farewelling old

At the changing of the guard – welcoming new faces, farewelling old

Friday, 4 July 2014 5:16 p.m. by greeningtherubble

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.

Pod Oasis – our Ellerslie Show garden 2014

Pod Oasis – our Ellerslie Show garden 2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 3:13 p.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

We have been encouraged to make a garden that will feature at Ellerslie International Flower Show in Hagley Park this February, and after de-construction there, move it to  a city site to be enjoyed bu the public. 

Peterborough mini-park

Peterborough mini-park

Monday, 29 July 2013 8:56 a.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

A temporary park site is now open opposite the Library in Peterborough Street. It is adjacent to the ‘Temple for Christchurch’  timber installation construction-site (which will itself be open to the public in a month’s time). This new Greening the Rubble mini-park uses brick-filled gabions and tree planters last seen at Barbadoes Street, on the [...]

Nature Play Space

Nature Play Space

Monday, 17 June 2013 8:02 p.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

 

Green Roofs at Cranmer Square

Green Roofs at Cranmer Square

Thursday, 2 May 2013 10:34 a.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

 

Plant Exchange

Plant Exchange

Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:54 a.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

 

Mini-Park in central city

Mini-Park in central city

Monday, 25 March 2013 12:50 p.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

 

Could you be the new Coordinator?

Could you be the new Coordinator?

Friday, 15 March 2013 9:06 a.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

Rhys Taylor is moving southwards to Geraldine in  a few months’ time, so the Trust has a contract vacancy :

Garden for LiVs

Garden for LiVs

Thursday, 17 January 2013 10:26 a.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

 

A wetland native garden

A wetland native garden

Friday, 14 December 2012 4:16 p.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

About Greening the Rubble

Greening the Rubble Trust is a community project for Christchurch, NZ, which unites a team of volunteers responding creatively to the extensive damage caused by the earthquakes.

We are creating temporary public parks and gardens on sites of demolished buildings, usually in commercial rather than residential streets. Licence agreements with site owners, modest financial support from these owners and extensive sponsorship of the construction materials and design process, make it possible for our volunteer teams to build and maintain these parks.  Each project features as a post on this site and in addition our Greening the Rubble Facebook page announces volunteer activity and has our story timeline in photos.  A June 2012 Perspective article in the Christchurch Press tells our story.

These sites are in public use only temporarily, until owners are ready to redevelop – which might be from six months to a few years later. A partner organisation called Gap Filler uses these and similar sites as venues for arts events, performances and installations of usually shorter duration, days or weeks.  Sometimes we share space on sites, such as on Kilmore Street Book Exchange and at the outdoor Music Room on Colombo Street, Sydenham.

Key contributors to Greening the Rubble have included willing site owners, and:

members of NZ Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA),
staff and students at Lincoln University and at Canterbury University including Student Volunteer Army, who have also tackled some similar projects: in our backyard
Christchurch City Council, who are our major grant source
and a national membership charity which currently hosts the project:  Living Streets Aotearoa Inc. (Living Streets is also on Facebook)

 

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