Many of the city's neighbourhood parks are cared for with the help of the local community. Find out how you can get involved!

Community planting; photographer Aaron Campbell.


Ashgrove Reserve planting day

Pop into this pocket patch of paradise and help enhance it with native plantings.

Date: Saturday 30 July

Time: 2pm

What to bring:  Sturdy shoes or boots, warm layers, sunscreen and a drink bottle.

Find out more about the reserve and the Friends who care for it.(external link)



Beautify Wycola Park

Join your community to give back and beautify Wycola Park and the Hei Hei community centre. A joint event with City Care Property, Hornby Residents Association and more.

Date: Saturday 30 July 2022

Time: 10am to 1pm

Location: Meet at the Hei Hei Community Hall, 12 Wycola Avenue.

What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, warm clothes and your own gardening gloves and a spade if you have one. Tools will be provided.


Cashmere View Playground planting day

Join local residents to spruce up this well-loved park and playground with new plantings.

Date: Saturday 13 August

Time: 2pm

Location: Cashmere View Playground, 39 Fairview Street.

What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, warm clothes and your own gardening gloves and a spade if you have one. Tools will be provided.


Gainsborough Reserve fruit tree planting

Help create a mini fruit forest in this beloved local park 

Date: Sunday 14 August

Time: 10am to 12pm

Location: Gainsborough Reserve, between Samuel Street and Gainsborough Street, Hoon Hay. 

What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, warm clothes and your own gardening gloves if you have them. 


Laura Kent Reserve

The Laura Kent Reserve Workgroup meet on the first Saturday of every month for a couple of hours.  

We remove blackberry, poplar seedlings and other unwanted species and are planting native plants historically found in the area. 

Please come and join us here with spades, gloves & a sense of humour!

  • Monthly on the first Saturday of the month between 9am and 11am
  • Between Radley Street and Riley Cresent, beside the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River

Head to the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network (external link)for more information or register your interest by emailing

Thistledown Reserve

Join Park Rangers, Ihutai Trust and passionate volunteers at the Thistledown Reserve working bee.

  • Monthly on Saturday mornings between 10am and midday
  • End of Thistledown Place, Woolston

Tasks include planting, pruning, weeding and mulching. Wear gumboots or old sneakers as there are wet and muddy areas on site.

Download the 2020 schedule. [PDF, 647 KB]

Farnley Reserve 

  • Every third Sunday of the month, 9am to 10.30am
  • Eastern Terrace, Beckenham

Tasks include weeding, mulching and planting. Wear sturdy footwear and bring your own morning tea gloves, wheelbarrow and gardening tools.

For more information,

Papanui Bush 

  • Every second Tuesday of the month, 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Bridgestone Reserve, 46 Langdons Road, Papanui

Tasks include weed releasing, planting and general tidying up.

Contact Denis McMurtrie on 021 125 1920 for more information.

Drayton Reserve

Drayton Reserve also holds regular working bees, check the Drayton Reserve Volunteers(external link) website or sign up for the newsletter to receive details of upcoming planting days.

During autumn, winter and spring, volunteer work is often focused 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 can.