Council issues guidelines on berms following vandalism of artificial grass first reported by Chris Lynch Media

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
May 29, 2024 |
Man ripping up artificial grass

The Christchurch City Council has issued guidelines on homeowners’ rights following a vandalism incident involving artificial grass, first reported by Chris Lynch Media.

In April, CCTV footage captured a dog walker tearing up artificial grass from a berm in Halswell.

The incident has prompted the Council to clarify what actions are permissible on berms, the areas between private property boundaries and the street.

Transport Operations Manager Stephen Wright said “most berms are planted with grass and although legally speaking the land is owned by the Council, residents are encouraged to maintain it.

“Council will mow a berm if a resident is unable or unwilling to do it, however this will be as part of a city wide mowing programme.

“Berms will be mowed after the grass reaches a certain height and when the contractor is scheduled to be in the area. Most Christchurch residents prefer to maintain the berm themselves or alternatively arrange for someone else to mow it.

“Occasionally, a resident may wish to plant their berm with flowers or vegetables, either to reduce mowing, for beatification or to grow food.  In this instance, they would need to lodge a request with Council and because berms sit within the road corridor there are limitations to be considered, including the presence of underground services and health and safety considerations.”


The applicant would also need to take responsibility for ongoing maintenance and either ensure the next owners take over that responsibility or that the berm is returned to grass when the property is sold.

“A process of request would also apply if a resident wanted to replace berms with artificial grass or to cover the surface with material like bark or stones.”

If you’re thinking of putting up a badminton net or a slide set on your berm, you can’t.

Christchurch does not permit children’s swings or sports equipment to be placed on berms, while parking a car, boat, trailer or caravan for a prolonged period requires permission to occupy.

“Also, under Council traffic and parking bylaw you’re not allowed to stop, stand or park a motor vehicle, wholly or partially, on any part of the road which is laid out as a cultivated area, such as garden or grass berm.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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