Arbor Day is held every year on 5 June to draw attention to the importance of trees in our society. Plant a tree and grow our future.

Zhu family planting at The Groynes.


Arbor Day is a day where people are encouraged to plant trees. Many countries observe the holiday but the date varies depending on climate and season.

The world’s first documented arbor festival took place in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo in 1594 and the first dedicated Arbor Day was held in Nebraska in 1872. New Zealand celebrated Arbor Day for the first time in Greytown in 1890 and has celebrated it annually on June 5 since 1977. 

The Christchurch City Council celebrates Arbor Day by organising community plantings in parks around the city and by supporting schools and community groups in their tree-planting activities.

Arbor Day planting events

Due to Covid19 restrictions, registrations are essential to help us limit numbers on sites. 

Numbers are limited based on being able to maintain physical distance practicably within each site. Register your attendance by emailing the event contact. They will confirm attendance or let you know if you're on a waiting list. You will be given details of where to meet in your confirmation email.

We will require contact details for everyone attending so we can trace them in the event of a Covid19 related illness in the group. If you feel unwell, you must stay home.

Please bring your own gardening gloves and spade if you have one (labelled). Some spades will be provided. Unfortunately we will not be providing a BBQ at our events just yet, but you are welcome to bring your own morning tea to enjoy while in the park. 

2020 date Planting day location Contact to Register
Friday 5 June  Papanui Bush planting day
Saturday 6 June QEII Park with Eco-Action Trust (external link)
Saturday 6 June Halswell Quarry planting day
Saturday 6 June Bowenvale Reserve planting day
Sunday 7 June South Brighton planting day

Support for schools

We encourage schools' involvement in action events by supporting their celebrations for Arbor Day.

Check out the Arbor Day school resource [PDF, 798 KB] for teachers.

Students may also like to come with their families to public events.

Get involved

Tree planting is not just confined to Arbor Day, there are many planting days, maintenance days and ways you can be actively involved in parks throughout the city.

Find out how you can get involved in your parks.