Rhodes Reserve (and Arboretum)

Gifted to Forest & Bird in 1966 by Mrs. Sophia Rhodes, this reserve is situated in the heart of Governor's Bay. It is contiguous with a Christchurch City Council reserve which is in turn connected to the community centre, the recreation centre and is across the road from Governor's Bay Primary School.

The location of Rhodes Reserve means that it is used, loved and valued by the local community. The proximity to the school has led to a partnership between North Canterbury Forest and Bird and the school to facilitate on-site learning and engagement of the children with the reserve. This is supportive of the goal in our strategic plan of “developing young conservationists”.

Governor's Bay school will be working with John Thacker, our branch manager for the reserve, to develop learning and research opportunities for and interpretive signage made by the children, and to generally help maintain the reserve.

North Canterbury branch also intend to honour our former “Heroes for Nature”. A rimu was planted in August 2016 to commemorate and celebrate the life of Tom Hay. Tom, as well as being a renowned local conservationist, was instrumental in accepting Rhodes Reserve on behalf of Forest & Bird. A plaque will be placed near the rimu to remind us all young and older of his contribution to nature and the potential for all of us to follow in his footsteps. Further plantings are intended to celebrate the lives of other former members who have made a significant contribution in our branch area.

For information about Rhodes Reserve please contact John Thacker ph 3299472 or 021 144 2979, email:  thackergj@slingshot.co.nz