Conservation Volunteers New Zealand are creating a forest in Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, as part of the Rotary Forests of Peace and Remembrance project.

Want to help create a living legacy for our city? Conservation Volunteers New Zealand will be planting around 40,000 different trees, shrubs and grasses to increase biodiversity and recreate a forest-type environment.

In partnership with Christchurch City Council, as part of the Rotary Forests of Peace and Remembrance, in the Dallington Landing site, CVNZ volunteers are helping to create a forest in Christchurch's red zone.

Weekend planting days: 10am to 1pm

  • Saturday 9 July
  • Saturday 13 August
  • Saturday 10 September - in association with Conservation Week 
  • Saturday 1 October

Weekday planting days: 9.30am to 2.30pm

  • Wednesday 20 July
  • Friday 19 August
  • Wednesday 24 August
  • Friday 2 September
  • Wednesday 14 September


To access the site, turn off River Road into Dallington Terrace. Parking is through the gate alongside the river. Bike parking is even closer.

Registration is mandatory on the Conservation Volunteers New Zealand website (external link)or by emailing Donna Lusby at

Cancellations due to poor weather will be notified via email to registered attendees, and via the Conservation Volunteers New Zealand Facebook(external link) page.

Find out more about Conservation Volunteers New Zealand.(external link)

We'll be planting around 40,000 different trees, shrubs and grasses to increase biodiversity and recreate a forest-type environment.

Over the summer months, these plants need to be released from weeds and grass to give them the best start. 

Come along and help us at this regular monthly working bee to help the plants get established. This is a vital step in any restoration project.

We’ll supply tools, but you are welcome to bring your own - hedge shears or flax knives are most useful.

We'd love to see you there, so please register on the Conservation Volunteers New Zealand website(external link), or contact Hamish at or 021 399040 to let us know you're coming.

Winter is planting season. Stay tuned for our next maintenance event in the Spring. 

  • Appropriate clothing for any weather: sunhat, warm jacket and raincoat. Please wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Sturdy footwear or gumboots are essential.
  • Personal work gloves.
  • Personal water bottle.
  • Vaccine Passport.
  • Tools and sunscreen are supplied.

For further information contact Donna Lusby at

The Rotary Peace, Remembrance and Community Forests Trust(external link) is a centennial initiative – marking the founding of Rotary in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1921.

To celebrate a new century, Rotary Trees Trust is mobilising community participation at all ages, especially among young people, to plant millions of native plants over the next decade – and beyond. This is to create native ecosystems that support the goal of a pest-free New Zealand and to help address climate change.

Planting is done by volunteers, working through community groups, with funding support from Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand(external link) and other backers. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand(external link) is a key partner to manage the forests.

This forest planting is located within the Ōtakaro Avon River Corridor regeneration project, known as the Green Spine, beside one of the key riverside landing areas.  Construction on the riverside landing at Dallington was started in 2021 and will be finished in winter 2022. Carrying a theme of “a picnic in the forest”, the Dallington landing will feature shelters, koru-shaped pathways, picnic areas and tables, steps down to the river, a water fountain, a bike stand, and a wheelchair-accessible toilet block.

This is a partnership project between Rotary, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, Te Uru Rākau and Christchurch City Council.