Story: City parks and green spaces

Sheep grazing in Hagley Park, 1910 (1st of 2)

Sheep grazing in Hagley Park, 1910

In the past, animals grazing on urban green spaces like Hagley Park, Christchurch, would have been a common sight. Farm animals were kept in urban areas well into the 20th century and parks were a convenient place to house and feed them, particularly if saleyards were nearby. Owners had to get permission from the local council – but not all did, particularly in the early days of settlement when local government structures were still emerging.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'City parks and green spaces - Town belts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010