The volunteer planting programme restores native forest to designated areas of the Port Hills. Volunteers plant native trees each winter and maintain them in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

Port Hills volunteer planting; photo Neil MacBeth.

Maintenance days

Bring a friend and help us free a tree from weeds. Maintenance is the most critical part of ecological restoration success. Without regular maintenance for the first three years, plants wouldn't survive due to grass competition. 

Bring clothes and a hat for all weather events and wear sturdy footwear. Gloves and hedge clippers will be provided or you can bring your own.

When Where
Saturday 23 February, 12.45pm to 3.15pm Marleys Hill
Saturday 2 March, 12.45pm to 3.15pm Dry Bush
Saturday 9 March, 12.45pm to 3.15pm Bowenvale Reserve, Huntsbury
Saturday 16 March, 12.45pm to 3.15pm Eastside

There is no need to register, but due to limited parking at the sites, we will be carpooling from Victoria Park. Meet at the car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre no later than 12.45 pm.

The exception is Bowenvale Reserve on 9 March; please park at 20 Swanton Drive.

Meeting point.

For more information email Parks.Volunteers@ccc.govt.nz or phone Di Carter on 03 941 7572 or 027 201 5653.