The volunteer programme restores and maintains native forest in designated areas of the Port Hills.

Port Hills volunteer planting; photo Neil MacBeth.

What to expect and where to meet

Join Christchurch City Council Rangers for planting and maintenance days across the seasons in our unique and stunning Port Hills.

Volunteers plant native trees each winter and maintain them in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

While less glamorous than planting, maintenance is the most critical part of ecological restoration success. Without regular maintenance for the first three years, plants wouldn't survive due to grass competition.

What to bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing – layers, rain jacket, hat
  • Sturdy footwear
  • If you can, gardening gloves and hedge clippers (but these will also be provided)
  • Water bottle and a snack.

Covid19 alert level two

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. 

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 and will be disinfected before and after use. 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.

There will be no carpooling, you will be given details of where to meet in your email confirmation.

We hope to see as many people as we can accommodate this season.

Contact

For more information email Parks.Volunteers@ccc.govt.nz or contact our park ranger Fiona on 027 506 1425 or  fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz

Volunteer days

Port Hills Reserves Volunteer Days

Winter planting

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 fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz. Fiona will confirm attendance or let you know if you're on a waiting list. 

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 and be disinfected before and after use. 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.

Date Time Location
Saturday 6 June 12.45pm to 3pm Bowenvale Reserve, Huntsbury (celebrate Arbor Day with rangers)
Saturday 13 June 12.45pm to 3pm Dry Bush
Saturday 20 June 9.45am to 12pm and 12.45 to 3pm Latters Spur (two sessions)

Spring maintenance

Date Time Location
Saturday 3 October 12.45pm to 3.15pm Marleys Hill
Saturday 10 October 12.45pm to 3.15pm Dry Bush
Saturday 17 October 12.45pm to 3.15pm Marleys Hill
Saturday 31 October 12.45pm to 3.15pm To be confirmed

Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration Project

Forest and Bird and Sumner Environment group are working with the Council rangers to restore native bush to this reserve behind Sumner. All working bees are at the lower Mahoe-nui site.

  • Saturday 27 June, 9.15am to 11.30am (postponement day 4 July)
  • Saturday 25 July, 9.15am to 11.30am (postponement day 1 August)
  • Saturday 5 September, 9.15am to 11.30am (postponement day 12 September)
  • Saturday 7 November, 9.15am to 11.30am (postponement day 21 November)

Meet at 9am on the corner of Wakefield Ave and Colenso street in Sumner to carpool up to the site.

Please ring Helen Hills 02102326155 for more information or read more about the project. (external link)