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.

Coronation Reserve Planting Day

Join volunteers to plant up Coronation Reserve.

  • 9am, Saturday 30 April.
  • Meet at Coronation Reserve on Major Aitken Drive, Huntsbury.

Bring a spade, your strength and stamina.

For more information please contact Coronation Reserve Volunteer Co-ordinator Andrew Craig on 021 146 1092.

Papanui Bush Annual Arbor Day

Once upon a time, Papanui Bush rivalled Pūtaringamotu-Riccarton Bush. Thanks to the efforts of Papanui Rotary and the community its growing again.

Join the Papanui Innes Community Board for our annual Arbor Day event where we join the Rotary crew to add some more plants into this flourishing urban forest and tidy up rubbish from the site. 

  • 9.30am to 12.30pm, Friday 27 May.
  • Meet at Papanui Bush – Bridgestone Reserve, 42 Langdons Road near the railway crossing opposite Mitre 10.
  • Wear gloves and sturdy footwear or gumboots. 

For more information, contact

Laura Kent Reserve

The Laura Kent Reserve Workgroup meet on the first Saturday of every month for a couple of hours.  

We remove blackberry, poplar seedlings and other unwanted species and are planting native plants historically found in the area. 

Please come and join us here with spades, gloves & a sense of humour!

  • Monthly on the first Saturday of the month between 9am and 11am
  • Between Radley Street and Riley Cresent, beside the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River

Head to the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network (external link)for more information or register your interest by emailing

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 2020 schedule. [PDF, 647 KB]

Farnley Reserve 

  • Every third Sunday of the month, 9am to 10.30am
  • 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,

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.

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.