Orchards in Schools Podcast

Schools involved in the Orchards in Schools Programme recently featured in a podcast episode on Plains FM. The episode will air on Thursday December 19th at 11am and 7:30pm on Plains FM 96.9. Listen Here

Latest Newsletter – Spring 2019

This year orchards were planted at Marshland School, Wigram School, South New Brighton School, Breens Intermediate and Bishopdale School.

We had a wonderful run of fine weather for all the schools. On planting day the children learn to carry trees carefully. They dig the hole, hold the tree while the hole is being filled and then carefully firm in the tree.  Next they bang in the stakes with a mallet.  Finally they learn how to tie the trees.  Through Orchards in Schools hundreds of children learn tree planting skills.

Welcome to Knights Stream School, Sacred heart School, Kirkwood Intermediate and Hillmorton High School.

These schools will be planting in August 2020.

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 Mary Tingey from A Place of Learning who has made great progress and is rapidly expanding across Christchurch.

It’s very exciting to be part of the Orchards in School project and to see so many children enjoy being in the outdoors growing food.  Mary Tingey


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, Rawhiti, Wharenui, Cobham Intermediate, Casebrook Intermediate, Kaiapoi Borough.

Planted 2015 St Martins, Gilberthorpe, Northcote, Addington, Oaklands.

Canterbury Horticultural Society would like to thank the Rata Foundation for their 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.