• Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.

Greening our red zone

After the earthquakes of 2010-2011, Christchurch has a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity to bring nature back into the  heart of the city. 

We can create a red zone forest and wetland park, that benefits not just a few, but ALL of the city. Just as our forebears left us Hagley Park so our legacy can be Avon-Otakaro Forest Park.

Watch the video and read the following pages to find out how creating a forest and wetland park in the Avon River red zone  will improve the health and wellbeing of our plants, animals, lands – and people.​

The whole city will benefit from returning the Avon River red zone to nature. Greening the Red Zone members explain their vision and hopes for a forest and wetland park for Christchurch

Get involved!

Join us on our campaign to green the Avon River red zone, to create a forest and wetland park that is our generation's ecological legacy for all of Christchurch.

Featured page: Meeting needs

Regenerate Christchurch has identified eight community needs for the future of the red zone. Returning the Avon River red zone to nature meets seven out of those eight needs. Here's how... 

Milky Way banner photo: Fraser Gunn, Lake Tekapo

Regenerate Christchurch missing an essential land-use option

Greening the Red Zone has submitted ito Regenerate Christchurch on its 10 land use options.  We believe an essential option is missing: one that treats the area as an integrated ecological, recreational, and visitor attraction. Read more by downloading our submission from our Submissions & presentations page.

Popular 'green spine' vision for Christchurch's red zone missing from options

A popular vision of significantly restoring the ecology of the Christchurch red zone alongside visitor attractions and recreation is "inexplicably missing" from the options put to the public, a community group says. Read more...

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