Many of the city's neighbourhood parks are cared for by locals in partnership with urban rangers. Find out how you can help.

Community planting; photographer Aaron Campbell. Some local volunteer groups run working bees once a month in their neighbourhood reserves and always welcome newcomers. Others hold one-off events at key times of the year where they invite more hands to join them for larger jobs such as planting days.   

During autumn, winter and spring, volunteer work is often focussed 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 have them.

Regular working bees

Where When Time Contact

Drayton Reserve

Meet on the Avery Place track
above the Waterfall Lookout

Saturday 16 June

Saturday 30 June

Amanda Black

Thistledown Reserve Saturday 23 June 10am to midday

Amanda Black

Ashgrove Reserve Saturday 29 September

Saturday 24 November


Amanda Black

Planting Days

These planting days are to plant native plants.

Please register your interest by emailing

Where When Details
Cashmere View Playground Saturday 30 June, 10.30am 

Access from Fairview Street or Cashmere View Street
Kahurangi Drainage Reserve Saturday 21 July, 2pm Best access off alleyway down Sharman Place, Wigram.
Wear gumboots.
Ashgrove Reserve Saturday 28 July, 10.30am Access from Ashgrove Terrace