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.

Quaifes Rd Springlands Reserve – community working bee

This hidden gem of a park in Halswell has the potential to be the Travis Wetlands of South West Christchurch! It just needs a little love from locals that care.  We will be weeding, plant releasing, removing tree protectors around plants growing well, and picking up rubbish.

 Location: Quaifes Road Springlands, Corner Murphy's and Quaifes Rd, Halswell.

 Date: Saturday 8 May 

Time: 9.00 to 11.00am

Bring:  gloves and hand tools (grubbers, secateurs) although some will be provided.

Contact: Park Ranger Rodney Chambers 0272267987

Arbor Day planting event at Papanui Bush (Bridgestone Reserve)

Join Papanui-Innes community board, Papanui Rotary and Council rangers to continue the enhancement of Papanui Bush at our Annual Arbor Day event.

Sausage sizzle and hot drinks provided. Event will be cancelled if raining. 

Location: Bridgestone Reserve, 41 Langdons Road

 Date: Friday 5 June

Time: 10am - 1pm

Bring:  gardening gloves and gumboots, and spade although some will be provided.


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.