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Growing Wellington by getting our wellies dirty

Growing Wellington by getting our wellies dirty

Updated 28 November 2017 3:19pm

Over 25,000 trees are planted each season by volunteers like you. But don’t worry – you don’t have to plant every one of these 25,000 trees yourself. 

Our community planting days mean we can all work together to build a greater environment for our future. Even planting just one tree will help. So grab your wellies and get involved.

Winter is the perfect time to get out, enjoy some summer shine and stock up on your vitamin D. Grab family and friends - bring your wellies or boots – and join our many dedicated volunteers at one of our upcoming tree planting days.

Check out our other planting and event opportunities around the region. For a full list of volunteer groups near you via Nature Space.

2017 Queen Elizabeth Park Community planting days

Come and see what you can achieve in only a few hours. We’ll provide the plants and a key benefit of helping us out will keep our native ecosystems and environment healthy. Planting helps clean the air, keep our water clean, stabilise the climate and detoxify our wastes.

  • SPADE AID - Sunday 30 July 10am to 2pm. Meet at Mackays Crossing entrance.
  • Planting day - Sunday 23 July 9.30am to 12pm. Meet at Tilley Road entrance - Paekakariki.
  • Planting day - Sunday 6 August 9.30am to 12pm. Follow signs from Poplar Ave. entrance - Raumati South.
  • Planting day - Sunday 13 August 9.30am to 12pm. Follow signs from intersection of Whareroa Road and Te Ara o Whareroa shared path.

Other opportunities to do your bit for our environment

Volunteers are involved in many environmental projects within our parks and forests which are our gateways to the great outdoors. Come along and get your hands dirty. Every little bit helps and we couldn't do it without you. 'Care groups' currently running major restoration projects include:

  • MIRO in the northern forest of East Harbour Regional Park.

These groups run numerous activities which are open to the public. They're always happy to work with and educate interested people. 

We need help with lots of different activities

Individual volunteers can also assist with activities like:

  • flowering and fruiting recording
  • bird monitoring
  • rodent / mustelid monitoring
  • restoration planting
  • potting plants in the nursery
  • track building / maintenance
  • educational walks / talks

If you would like to be involved either a

If you would like to be involved either as part of a care-group or as an individual, please contact for more information.

Corporate volunteering

Take a break from your desk, do some team-building and help out the environment at the same time.

Corporate restoration days in the regional parks are a great opportunity to spend time outside your workplace and get to know the other people in your team or wider business. Plus you'll be able to come back later and enjoy the "fruits" of your labours. Or at least watch the birds doing so.

Activities include planting, "releasing" plants from competition (a great stress-buster!) and potting up seedlings.

If you are interested in your own corporate restoration day you can fill out our corporate restoration inquiry form