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.

What to expect

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.

Regular working bees

Thistledown Reserve

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

  • Monthly on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon

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

Download the 2019 schedule. [PDF, 581 KB]

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.

Community planting days

Carradale Drainage Reserve Planting Day

Join Park Rangers and community volunteers to plant up this drainage reserve located at the north end of Broomfield Common in Hornby.

  • Saturday 27 July, 9.30am to midday
  • Saturday 24 August, 9.30am to midday

Meet at the Carradale Ave end of the reserve

Contact Heidi Wilton on for more information.

 Million Metres Planting Day
 Help take care of our local waterways by joining this family friendly planting day.

  • Sunday 4 August, 10am to 2pm

This event has limited capacity so please register to attend(external link).

Event will take place at Jellie Park on 295 Ilam Road, Burnside. 

Steam Wharf Stream Reserve 

Visit this special stream-side reserve for one of our two upcoming events!

Welcome back working bee
Help tidy paths and do a bit of weeding and pruning in this reserve.

  • Sunday 18 August, 10am to 2pm

Bring pruners if you can, some provided.

Story of Steam Wharf Stream
Celebrate World Rivers Day with stories about inanga (whitebait), and our unique and special stream by an ecologist.

  • Sunday 22 September, 10am to 12pm

Meet at Alport Place entrance to the reserve, refreshments provided.

For more information, please contact link).