Above: Working bee volunteers

AOFP evolved to conceptualise, promote and actively encourage the development of an indigenous forest park in the Avon-Ōtākaro residential red zone.


Our group is made up of professionals and members of the community. Our professional expertise includes the fields of landscape architecture, ecology, entomology, environmental science, climate change, geotech, civil engineering, education, community outreach, It also includes a professor of urban ecology, a senior ecology lecturer, PhD Students and educators.

The group has permission to maintain 10 sites of significant indigenous vegetation within the red zone, plus two Christchurch City Council parks. Regular working bees happen at these site.


AOFP also work on the design and promotion of Avon-Otakaro Forest Park and conceptual masterplan,


We also look to involve education institutions such as Lincoln University and local schools to foster opportunities in the red zone.



Chairperson: Denise Ford


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