Community garden a temporary home for loved plants

6:40 pm on 5 May 2011

Christchurch gardeners forced to leave their homes because of the February earthquake are being invited to move their plants to a community garden until they can return home.

A volunteer scheme called Project Plant has been set up by Canterbury-based National Party MPs with the aim of creating a community garden for people whose favourite plants would otherwise have been left untended.

The project's co-ordinator, Catherine Lister, says the land has been donated by a local man and can hold about 3000 plants, with room to expand if necessary.

The garden will be irrigated from the start of spring.

People who want to use it can transplant their plants or have them moved by volunteers in two weeks' time.

The community garden is expected to be needed for two years.