Charlesworth St Nursery
The nursery is now set up on 1.5 hectares of land situated at 42 Charlesworth St, Christchurch adjoining the Charlesworth Reserve. The reserve is under development and we at Trees for Canterbury will continue to assist with the ongoing revegation of this important environmental site.
When entering the nursery you find plenty of carparks set amongst gardens. The display area is laid out opposite the office. The big difference between T4C and a commercial garden centre is the lack of signs, no high pressure sales techniques and no staff hiding behind stands waiting to jump out and force you to open your wallet. You will find staff there to answer any questions that you have and to assist you.
The sales area is on an a raised island that is surrounded by native plants to protect everything from prevailing winds. The nursery is built around natural swailes (waterways) that connect to the reserve and slowly make their way to the Avon-Heathcote Estuary. These swailes are all planted out and they attract ducks, water fowl, and other wading species. The rest of the nursery is laid out for the production and storage of plants, both for sale and for the many community plantings and giveaways that are the essential core of the Trees for Canterbury project.
T4C have approximately 150,000 trees at various stages of growth within the nursery. The majority of trees have been grown from seed collected by TFC in the Canterbury Plains, and Banks Peninsula areas. These areas are the main focus of the community-planting program. This ensures that the genetic purity of the native plant population is kept in each area. We continue to utilize the recycled 1L milk carton as the main growing container.
Although a large number of our native plants are utilized in community and revegetation projects, we do sell direct from the nursery to provide a degree of self-funding. The income from sales is used towards our day to day expenses but does not cover any capital works or special project costs. This additional support comes from the community, business and funding agencies. We have three full-time and three part-time staff, experienced in nursery work and also in working with a diverse range of clients and volunteers.
We are strongly linked to the local community, providing environmental education, trees and undertaking planting’s with community organizations and schools throughout Canterbury. The planting of native trees have been primarily on public land for the appreciation of everyone. The emphasis on planting community land will be continued in the future.