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.

Purau Reserve planting day

Join local residents to enhance this pocket park with native plants. 

Date: Saturday 2 July.

Time: 10am.

Location: Purau Reserve, between Purau Terrace, Overdale Drive and Dyers Pass Road. Steps lead into the reserve from each of these streets/roads.

What to bring: Sturdy shoes or boots, warm layers, sunscreen and a drink bottle. 

Find out more about the reserve and the Friends who take care of it.(external link)


Simeon Park planting day

Meet your neighbours at this first working bee to enhance Simeon Park with some new shrubs and natives.

Date: Sunday 3 July.

Time: 10am to 1pm.

Location: Simeon Park, off Simeon Street, Addington.

What to bring: Gloves, spades, and warm clothing.

Contact: Ranger Holly.Whitaker@ccc.govt.nz


Little River Heritage Park working bee and planting day

Come along and help community parks restore the Heritage Park, some weed eradication, planting and mulching are required.

Date: Sunday 3 July.

Time: 10am to 12.30pm.

Location: Little River Heritage Park, Little River. Meet near the Farmers Market site, behind Silo Stay.

Register: Please register your interest by emailing community partnerships Ranger Fiona Waghorn at fiona.waghorn.ccc.govt.nz.

Postponement date: Sunday 10 July if the weather is wet.


Coronation Reserve planting day

Help to support native restoration at this hillside reserve.

Date: Friday 8 July.

Time: 9am to 11am.

Location: Coronation Reserve, Major Aitken Drive, Huntsbury.

What to bring:  Sturdy shoes or boots, warm layers, sunscreen and a drink bottle. 


Ashgrove Reserve planting day

Pop into this pocket patch of paradise and help enhance it with native plantings.

Date: Saturday 9 July.

Time: 2pm.

What to bring:  Sturdy shoes or boots, warm layers, sunscreen and a drink bottle. 

Find out more about the reserve and the Friends who care for it.(external link)


Farnley Reserve

Support local residents to enhance this beautiful riverside reserve.

Date: Sunday 17 July.

Time: 9.30am.

What to bring:  Sturdy shoes or boots, warm layers, sunscreen and a drink bottle. 

Find out more about the reserve and the Friends who care for it.(external link)


Cutler Park family planting day

Join community park rangers in adding more trees and plants to this popular local park in Woolston. Suitable for families. Tools provided. 

Date: Friday 22 July 2022.

Time: 10am to 1pm.

Location: 42 Clydesdale Street, Woolston.

What to bring: Closed-toe shoes and your own gardening gloves if you have them.

Contact: annaliese.caukwellmills@ccc.govt.nz.

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 dugaldwil@gmail.com.


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, 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.

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.