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

South Brighton volunteer Scott

Seaweek beach clean-up at Birdlings Flat

Join city council park rangers at the epic location of Birdlings Flat to show some love to our coastline this Seaweek.

The ranger team will be doing the heavy lifting, such as any dumped tires, but would love your help with collecting wind-blown rubbish and waste.

A social sausage sizzle is provided to finish.

Date: Sunday 5 March

Time: 10am to midday

Meet at: Birdlings Flat Hall/playground (near the beach)

Bring: Bags and gloves provided. Wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and a personal water bottle.

Ranger contact:, 027 313 2995

Annual planting day with Trees for Canterbury

Park: Te Karoro Karoro-Southshore Spit. Follow signs from the entrance at the end of Rockinghorse Road.

Date: Saturday 19 August

Time:  10am to midday

Bring: Wear closed-toe shoes and lots of warm layers and weather-appropriate clothing and a personal water bottle. Bring your own gardening gloves and spade if you have them, there will be plenty of spades provided.

Ranger contact: 

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. 

  • Third Saturday of every month, 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Meet at the South New Brighton Domain playground, accessed off Beatty Street, South New Brighton
  • 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

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