Conservation Volunteers New Zealand are leading the mahi to plant 35,000 kahikatea trees, as part of the Matariki Tu Rākau One Billion Trees programme.

Charlesworth planting; photo Aaron Campbell.

  • 26 May 10am to midday
  • 26 June
  • 5 September
  • 10 October – in association with Trees for Canterbury

Meet at 103 Philpotts Rd, Mairehau to plant in the Cranford Basin.

Finish with a BBQ.

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is offering regular planting days each month between April and September, to local businesses and organisations.

Planting days are great for:

  • Team building – work together to plant a forest.
  • Staff wellbeing – time in nature is restorative.
  • The environment - what better way to offset your organisation’s carbon emissions?

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand provides all tools and planting expertise for the day, at no charge to your organisation, although a koha is appreciated.

Please contact Donna (dlusby@cvnz.org.nz 021 457 568) for more information and to register your interest in this project. 

  • Appropriate clothing for any weather: sunhat, warm jacket and raincoat.
  • Sturdy footwear or gumboots are essential.
  • Personal work gloves.
  • Tools, sunscreen and gloves are supplied.

This is a wetland site – be prepared to get damp.

For further information contact Donna Lusby christchurch@cvnz.org.nz

Cranford Basin is a natural ponding and stormwater management area, critical to reducing the flood risk to urban Christchurch, and in particular the Pūharakekenui/Styx and Avon River/Otākaro catchments.

It will be transformed over the next decade into a multi-purpose forested wetland, with enhanced waterways and passive recreation areas that will benefit ecosystems and the surrounding community.

This planting project is a Matariki Tu Rākau: living memorial, initiated under the One Billion Trees Programme, in conjunction with Christchurch City Council, Trees for Canterbury, and with support from the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund.