Orchards in Schools Podcast

Schools involved in the Orchards in Schools Programme featured in a podcast episode aired on Plains FM 96.9. Listen Here

Latest Newsletter - Autumn 2021

Welcome to Rowley School, Cashmere High School, Templeton School, Paparoa St School, Bromley School and Halswell Residential College who are sharing trees with Sommerfield School. These schools planted in August 2021. 

If you wish to join our programme contact Rachel Oliver email:  orchards@chsgardens.co.nz

Thanks to Southern Woods and Waimea Nurseries

Canterbury school students are swapping screens for spades and learning how to grow and care for trees.

Listen to the article on Radio New Zealand from Country Life9:45 pm on 7 September 2018  - Let's get planting: school orchards for Canterbury's junior gardeners

The CHS recognises its unique position to assist and guide a rapidly emerging trend to home or community grown produce, especially with children and youth. We want to transfer our knowledge and expertise and imbue youngsters with passion for growing their own fruit and vegetables. To this end, we extended our Orchards in Schools programme in 2014 to 5 Christchurch schools – Oaklands, St Martin’s, Gilberthorpe, Northcote and Addington.

The brainchild of long-serving CHS member Carole Anderton, the CHS engaged two mature Canterbury University and Food Resilience Network members to manage the project which involved liaison with schools, identification and purchase of fruit and berry trees followed by the construction of the orchards with the children in each school. As much as possible they selected fruits and berries to ensure a long harvest season to help maintain the children’s interest.

The project is now coordinated by Rachel Oliver

I'm thrilled to join the programme and to further the fantastic work done by my predecessor, Mary Tingey.  Rachel Oliver


Planted 2021: Rowley School, Cashmere High School, Templeton School, Paparoa St School, Bromley School, Halswell Residential College and Sommerfield School.

Planted 2020: Belfast School, Hilmorton High School, Kaiapoi North School, Kirkwood Intermediate and Knights Stream School.

Planted 2019 Breens Intermediate, Bishopdale School, Wigram School, Marshland School, South New Brighton School.

Planted 2018: Burnside Primary School, Hornby Primary School, South Hornby School, Russley School and Avonhead School.

Planted 2017: Isleworth School, Haeata Community Campus, Fendalton Open-air School, Elmwood Normal Primary School, Wairakei School, Chisnallwood Intermediate.

Planted 2016: Waitakiri Primary School, Rāwhiti School, Riccarton Primary School, Wharenui School, Cobham Intermediate, Casebrook Intermediate and Kaiapoi Borough School.

Planted 2015: St Martins School, Gilberthorpe School, Northcote School, Addington School and Oaklands School.

Canterbury Horticultural Society would like to thank the Rata Foundation for their previous project grant and CHS Members for their donations. A project like this wouldn't be possible without volunteers, teachers and support staff, who all help to make the project successful.

Southern Woods & Waimea Nurseries supplied the quality trees.