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Community planting; photographer Aaron Campbell. Some local volunteer groups run working bees once a month in their neighbourhood reserves and always welcome newcomers. Others hold one-off events at key times of the year where they invite more hands to join them for larger jobs such as planting days.   

During autumn, winter and spring, volunteer work is often focussed around planting, weeding and mulching.

In summer work is mainly weeding, watering and litter removal.

Bring sturdy footwear, a bottle of water, snacks and warm clothes. Some gloves and spades are provided but bring your own if you have them.

Regular working bees

Where When Time Contact
Thistledown Reserve

Last Saturday of the month

Next: Saturday 27 October

10am to midday

Karen Smith

Ashgrove Reserve

Saturday 24 November


Amanda Black

Drayton Reserve also holds regular working bees, check the Drayton Reserve Volunteers(external link) website for details of upcoming planting days.

Planting days

Organised planting days are to plant native plants. Check back during the year for events.

Please register your interest by emailing

Event What Where When
Steam Wharf Reserve mulching day(external link)

Mulching plants in Steam Wharf Reserve.

Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.

Please bring gloves, rake and a wheelbarrow if possible.

Access from Alport Place or Dyers Road

Saturday 3 November 9.30am