Springston Enviro Community


The Springston Enviro-Community (SEC) Everyone is welcome!

Come and meet up with a group of enthusiastic locals. If you want to find out more, contact Sue on 329 5858.

Springston has a Sustainability Action Plan for their community – following a survey and two public meetings. View Plan
They already have a community garden, with land kindly provided by a local resident. The Springston Community Committee has also restarted their community newsletter, as this was one of the complaints from people that filled in the community survey.

How to keep connected to others

We invite you to join our “On-line” Springston community group – a way of contacting others in the community, whether about concerns, a local event or just to share surplus garden produce. The more people who join the more effective it will be.

The Springston Secret Community Garden


The garden was started by the Springston Enviro-Community, which is one of the Envirotowns helped by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust.

This is community garden is very tranquil, on a large back section, with lots of potential for further development into a diverse garden with vegetables, flowers and native plants. It is a large area which takes a lot of work to develop and maintain, so we welcome more community involvement in the development of this social and learning space. The school children have a  Secret Garden Club and have supervised access every lunch time and are helping to create a colourful enjoyable space. Springston School is now an Enviroschool.

If individuals or groups are interested in becoming involved please contact Sue on 329 5858


Recent News

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Prime Minister To Visit Springston Community Garden

Prime Minister John Key was presented with a bottle of "worm juice" at the Springston Secret Community Garden on the 17th April.


February 2014

Enviro School Celebration

Springston School celebrated becoming an Enviroschool on Thursday 27th February by planting two native trees in the Springston, now not so Secret, Garden. Matt Stanford the Selwyn Enviroschools' Facilitator organised the ecosourced trees donated by the DOC native plant nursery in Motukarara.

The Springston Secret Garden was first started by the Springston Enviro Community group as one of the actions on their community action plan drawn up after consulting the community. It would never have happened without the huge generosity of local Springston identity, Helen Mather, making the land available. The hard work to clear and develop the back section for the garden was originally organised by Terry Windle (who has continued on as advisor) helped by Colin Giddens, Geoff Prattely. The very useful tool shed and shade house was built by a local team coordinated by Terry, using funds provided by WWFnz. The Springston Enviro Community is one of the many Selwyn Envirotown community groups started by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. The extensive input by Allana Taylor in the early years and more recently volunteer, Zanada McLean, who has given up many, many hours each week, as well as the Lincoln University student volunteers, most recently Sol and Jana Doran, and of course all the children, have brought the garden to its present wonderful community facility. The fact that Springston School is now an Enviroschool and the garden being part of this is a great outcome for the community.

Even the Monarch butterflies from the insect garden were popping out of their chrysalises to celebrate!

The garden is not only for the children, it is a community garden and if anyone would like to use one of the beds to grow food, please contact Sue Jarvis on 329 5858 or Zanada 021 023 40473, and if anyone would like to help with the garden or are interested in the Springston Enviro Community group, also contact Sue.

Pictured: Matt Stanford (Selwyn Enviroschool facilitator) with Springston students planting a native tree.


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