Many of the city's neighbourhood parks are cared for by locals in partnership with urban rangers. Find out how you can help.

Community planting; photographer Aaron Campbell. Help tidy up your local park! There are a number of volunteer groups, supported by Council, who run regular working bees and one off events in smaller parks and reserves. We're always looking for more hands to help out, whether you can commit to weekly, monthly or even just a few times a year.

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

There are monthly working bees at Thistledown Reserve 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]

Bexley Park

There's a regular working bee in Bexley Park on the second Saturday of every month, 10am to 12 noon.

Email Karen Smith at to register your interest or find out more information.

Drayton Reserve

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