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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 29 September

10am to midday

Karen Smith

Ashgrove Reserve Saturday 29 September

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

These planting days are to plant native plants.

Please register your interest by emailing

Where When Details
Westlake Park clean up Thursday 13 September, 10am to 12pm

Join the Children's Council at Westlake Park for a rubbish clean up as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week.

The Children's Council is made up of students from Oaklands, Halswell and Seven Oaks primary schools. One of their goals is to make Westlake Park plastic free.

There will be a post event BBQ so please register your interest so numbers can be catered for.

Aglaia Drainage Reserve planting day Saturday 15 September, 2.30pm

Meet opposite 341A Worlseys Road.

Best parking along Worsleys Road or Aglaia Place.

BYO gloves, tools, food and water. Limited loppers and hand saws will be provided.

Grampian Reserve community planting Saturday 15 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

A spring community planting at Grampian Reserve with CCC and Christchurch 350.

Entrance off Grampian Street or Cavendish Road, Casebrook.

A limited number of gloves and spades provided, please BYO if you have them. 

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Event will finish with light refreshments.