Find an event that you, your family, and friends can attend. There are lots to choose from throughout the year, and throughout the region.

Community Volunteers from the Styx Mill Reserve Planting Day May 2017To participate in these events please let the organiser know your interest as soon as possible.

We've had an overwhelming number of volunteers interested in helping out with post-fire replantings on the Port Hills. You will need to book a place for these events - keep checking the Port Hills reserves volunteer page for updates.

Read the volunteer guidelines to see what's involved and what you need to bring.

2017 dates

Location Activities When Event details Contact
Bottle Lake and Spencer Park (North) Clean-ups, tree planting

 To suit

To suit – groups welcome Park Rangers
(03) 941 8999
Charlesworth Reserve (Ferrymead) Weed busting, tree planting Monthly Charlesworth Reserve Volunteer Days Matt Rose
027 240 6276
Coastal and beaches Planting Ongoing Coastal and Beach Parks Pieter Borcherds 
027 611 8655
Conservation volunteers Various Ongoing Conservation Volunteers website (external link) 0800 127 890
or 021 686 292
Drayton Reserve Various Last Saturday of each month 2pm to 4pm Bridie Gibbings
Groynes, Styx, Otukaikino Tree planting, weeding Ongoing Plains and Wetlands Arthur Adcock
027 226 7801
John Parry
027 475 4750
McCormacks Bay Weeding, mulching, planting Monthly McCormacks Bay Volunteer Days Matt Rose
027 240 6276
Halswell Quarry Tree planting Ongoing Halswell Quarry Volunteer Days Robbie Hewson 
027 459 2891
Port Hills (various) Tree planting and care Ongoing Port Hills Reserves Volunteer Days Di Carter (03) 941 7572 
or 027 201 5653
Port Hills (Victoria Park) Mountain-biking tracks Monthly   Graham Allen
Port Hills post-fire volunteering Cage-making, rubbish clean-up Daily Port Hills post-fire volunteering Di Carter (03) 941 7572 
or 027 201 5653
Port Hills (various) Walking tracks Weekly Summit Road Society website (external link)  
ThistleDown Reserve Various Last Saturday of each month 10am to 12pm Bridie Gibbings
Travis Wetland Weed busting, planting Ongoing Travis Wetland Volunteer Days John Skilton
027 496 8935
Victoria Park planting Saturday 26 August 10am to 12 pm Robbie Hewson
027 459 2891

Other events and programmes

Date Description
5 June Arbor Day is an annual day to highlight the importance of trees in our society. Several planting days are planned.
September Clean Up New Zealand Week (external link) is held in the second week of September each year.
September Conservation Week (external link) is running  in October this year - a bit late for plantings but keep an eye out for other events.
Ongoing Help out with the Council's Graffiti Removal Programme in parks and other areas around the city.
Ongoing Weedbusters (external link)  is a national programme for pest plant advocacy and control.
Ongoing Te Ara Kakariki (external link) , the Canterbury Greenway Trust, plants out natives at a number of sites and welcome help from interested volunteers.
Ongoing Trees for Canterbury (external link) invite families to get involved in their planting days for 2017.
Ongoing Community gardens are a great way to contribute to your neighbourhood, especially if you want to learn more about growing vegetables. Find a community garden [PDF, 496 KB] near you.