The volunteer planting programme restores native forest to designated areas of the Port Hills. Volunteers plant native trees each winter and maintain them in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

Port Hills volunteer planting; photo Neil MacBeth.

Maintenance days

Bring a friend and help us free a tree from weeds. Maintenance is the most critical part of ecological restoration success. Without regular maintenance for the first three years, plants wouldn't survive due to grass competition. 

Maintenance days are held every Autumn and Spring.

Bring clothes and a hat for all weather events and wear sturdy footwear. Gloves and hedge clippers will be provided or you can bring your own.

Winter planting days

When Where
Saturday 25 May, 12.45 pm to 3.15pm Marleys Hill
Saturday 8 June, 12.45 pm to 3.15pm Bowenvale
Saturday 15 June, 12.45 pm to 3.15pm Dry Bush
Saturday 22 June, 12.45 pm to 3.15pm
Followed by BBQ at Ranger Base
Marleys Hill

Where to meet

There is no need to register, but due to limited parking at the sites, we will be carpooling from Victoria Park.

Meet at the car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre no later than 12.45pm.

The exception is Bowenvale Reserve on Saturday 8 June; please park at 20 Swanton Drive.

Meeting point.

For more information email or phone Di Carter on 03 941 7572 or 027 201 5653.