Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and Christchurch City Council are proud to announce the return of Ōtautahi’s spade-dating event.

Join us in a romantic spot on the banks of the Ōtakaro / Avon River to do some hand-releasing of native restoration plantings, followed by a picnic amongst the trees.

This year we are joined by Christchurch City Libraries who will bring along their adult-sized games and mobile library. 

The work is half a treasure hunt as we rummage through long grasses searching for native plants that need to be cleared and given space to grow. You will be supporting the restoration efforts of the river corridor, as this work is essential for plant survival.  

To strengthen the collaborative, social aspect of volunteering we will be working in small groups and our team leaders will be throwing out some literary and nature-themed conversation starters and teasers to help turn strangers into friends… or maybe more?  

Refresh your soul with some volunteering to support the environment, then celebrate your efforts with some kai reka to tickle your taste buds in this delightful spot.  

Wear good sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided.  A suggested $5 koha towards costs is welcomed.  This is an R18 event and places are limited.

If the weather is bad we will postpone until Thursday 15 February – notified by text.