These awards are now closed. We will announce the winners shortly. Thank you to everyone that entered.

These awards started in 2013 as an initiative of the Shirley-Papanui Community Board (SPCB) supported by the CHS. The SPCB repeated the awards in 2014 with great success and 32 awards were made. The Lyttelton – Mt Herbert Community Board (LMHCB) also participated in this scheme in 2014. The CHS assisted in the promotion, judging and hosting of the awards functions in 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Recognising edible gardens in the Papanui-Innes ward


Recognising edible gardens in the Papanui–Innes ward

The Papanui–Innes Community Board is committed to encouraging the growth of localised food production. The Board’s active and ongoing support for activities and initiatives that build strong and resilient communities is a priority.

We are also keen to support and grow our relationships with local primary schools championing the next generation to grow their own food, nurture their environment, themselves and others.

In partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society, the Edible Gardens Award within the Papanui–Innes ward is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate those local residents, schools and communities who are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Ali Jones
Chairperson, Papanui–Innes Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society endorses the Papanui–Innes Ward for its innovation in creating the Edible Garden Awards. To plant seeds and grow vegetables and fruit successfully is to have the knowledge to feed yourself. In today’s world growing what you eat allows for you to know what you are eating, caring for body and mind.

Alan Jolliffe
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society


  • Residential House
  • Residential Unit
  • School/Early Childhood Centre
  • Community

Special Awards

Special Awards will be given to the best of the following:

  • First time entrant
  • Best Tomatoes
  • Best Yield
  • Sustainability

Assessment Criteria

  • Variety and range of plants
  • Quality and general health of plants
  • Freedom from pests/disorders/diseases
  • General presentation
  • Absence of weeds, particularly noxious
  • Innovation (use of available space)
  • Use of walls, raised beds, containers
  • Use of beneficials (flowers, herbs, companion planting)
  • Design considerations
  • Organic aspects (conversion of waste etc)
  • Crop rotation, planning

Assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Conditions of Entry

  1. Entry is free and open to residents, community organisations or schools within the Papanui–Innes Ward only.
  2. All entrants allow the organisers to publish their name and photographs in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  3. Entrants grant the panel permission to enter their property for assessment at a mutually convenient time. Gardeners are encouraged to be present to talk with the panel.
  4. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place from 12 February–23 February 2018 for Residential and Community Groups.
  5. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place from 5 March–9 March 2018 for Schools and Early Childhood Centres.
  6. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. All entrants will be contacted and invited to attend a ceremony to be held in March 2018.
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