Community planting days are a great chance to head out to a beautiful location, get your hands dirty and enjoy a morning in the fresh air. You will see first hand where plants from the nursery end up and help to restore our native biodiversity & mitigate climate change, one plant at a time.
Absolutely everyone is welcome, and no experience is required as our core volunteers will show you step by step how to plant a tree to ensure each plant has the best chance of survival in a non-garden setting.

Planting days are a great way to take tangible action for our local environment, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.

WHAT TO BRING: Gardening gloves, shovel (if you have one), sturdy footwear, water, sunscreen & a hat.

Keystone Site Planting Days

Our Keystone Sites are large, multi-year planting projects on public land. Our vision is to create wildlife corridors that will, in turn, attract native birds, lizards & invertebrates back into the basin, significantly enhancing the biodiversity of the region. Below are dates for our volunteer community planting days in autumn 2024.

All planting days are drop-in style between 9am – 12 noon.

Sat 6th April – Whitechapel Reserve, Whitechapel Road, Arrow Junction (followed by Community BBQ). Parking: adjacent to planting site.

Sat 13th April – Lake Hayes Pavilion. Parking at Lake Hayes Pavilion.

Sat 20th April – Bush Creek, Arrowtown, behind the Chinese Village. Parking area next to The Dishery.

Sat 27th April – Slope Hill Road (tributary of Mill Creek) – access off Speargrass Flat Road. Planting site is on the right hand side of the bike trail, approximately 1km along Slope Hill Road (access ONLY from the Speargrass Flat Rd). Parking : look for WRT flag on the left.

Event Date

07 April 2024 to 27 April 2024

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Whakatipu Reforestation Trust Keystone Planting Sites

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