• 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: Avon River Red Zone ideas we like

Art trails, a dark sky park, an ecosanctuary, BMX courses, whitewater rafting – just how many cool things can fit inside (or just outside) Avon-Otakaro Forest Park? A lot, that's how many!  Find out more about them...

Milky Way banner photo: Fraser Gunn, Lake Tekapo

Help us get more nature into Regenerate Christchurch's vision

Help us get more recognition for nature in Regenerate Christchurch's draft vision and objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor. Support our submission to Regenerate Christchurch by using our easy submission form.

Greening the Red Zone proposal to Regenerate Christchurch

Greening the Red Zone has submitted a formal proposal  to Regenerate Christchurch. You can download the proposal, and an accompanying memo from Forest & Bird about options for governance. They are also available in one document on our Submissions & presentations page.