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
  • 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 2019 schedule. [PDF, 581 KB]


Farnley Reserve 

  • Every third Sunday of the month, 10am to 11.30am
  • 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, friendsoffarnley@gmail.com.


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.

Community volunteer days

Pollinator Party

This family-friendly planting day is a great way to help our pollinator friends as well as beautifying Avondale Park. We will be filling up gaps in existing garden beds with additional shrubs and grasses that bees and bugs like. We will also play some fun games exploring native flowers, bees and butterflies. Special guests the Butterfly Musketeers will be joining us and there will be cupcakes and juice to finish!

  • Saturday 18 April, 10am to midday

Meet beside the Avondale Park playground at the De Courcy Place end of the park

Contact parks.volunteers@ccc.govt.nz if you have any queries.