There are a number of ways you can volunteer to make our coasts clean and green.

South Brighton volunteer Scott

What to expect

Help restore and maintain our beautiful coastal areas and beach parks.

What to bring

  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • Own gloves
  • Weather appropriate clothing - layers, raincoat and hat
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Some tools will be provided

Regular working bees

South New Brighton Domain

Christchurch City Council and Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust are working with local residents to restore this earthquake-damaged area and enhance the beautiful South New Brighton Domain. Regular tasks include planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning and collecting litter. 

  • First Sunday of every month, 1pm to 4pm
  • Meet at the South New Brighton Domain playground, accessed off Beatty Street, South New Brighton
  • Celebrate Arbor Day with a special working bee on Sunday 7 June, see the below 'Community Planting Day' section for more information.

For more information, contact Pieter Borcherds on 027 611 8655.

McCormacks Bay

A once neglected wetland, McCormacks Bay is being restored by Christchurch City Council, Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust and local volunteers from the Ferrymead Rotary Club and Mt Pleasant Residents Association.

  • Working bees are held on the third Sunday of each month, 2pm to 4pm
  •  Meet along McCormacks Bay Road – look out for the Council Ranger vehicle

For more information and/or to receive regular updates, email Myles Richardson on

Diamond Harbour

Help the Diamond Harbour community turn Morgan's and Sam's Gullies into native forests.

  • Working bees are held on the last Sunday of the month, 10am to 1pm
  • Meet at Upper Sam's Gully, between Marine Drive and Bay View Road

Stay up to date by checking the Friends of Morgan's and Sam's Gullies facebook page(external link).

Community Planting Days

South Brighton Planting Day

Join Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust and council to enhance this coastal edge park.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, registrations are essential to help us limit numbers on sites. 

Numbers are limited based on being able to maintain physical distance practicably within each site. Register your attendance by emailing

We will require contact details for everyone attending so we can trace them in the event of a Covid19 related illness in the group. If you feel unwell, you must stay home.

Please bring your own gardening gloves and spade if you have one (labelled). Some spades will be provided. Unfortunately we will not be providing a BBQ at our events just yet, but you are welcome to bring your own morning tea to enjoy while in the park. 

  • Sunday 7 June, 1pm to 4pm

Meet by the Jellicoe St entrance to South New Brighton, on the far side of football pitch.

For more information head to the Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust website(external link).