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Dig into community planting days

Published: 1 June 2018

Planting season is kicking off, so why not #livelightly and take the pledge to get involved with a community planting day? 

Tree planting is a great way to get outdoors, whether for a family afternoon or volunteer trip with work. It helps native species thrive too, supports local biodiversity, and hungry planters usually tuck into a reward sausage sizzle at the end of the day!  

To get you started we’ve put together a selection of upcoming planting days happening across Auckland.  

Awaawaroa Wetland, Waiheke Island

Be part of an important wetland restoration project on Waiheke Island!

  • Sunday 10 and Sunday 24 June, 10am-1pm
  • Sunday 15 and Sunday 29 July, 10am–1pm

Matariki Planting

Celebrate Matariki by planting 60,000 trees across June and July as part of the mayor’s Million Trees programme. There’s a free tree for every volunteer from the Trees That Count Trust.

Totara Park, Manurewa

  • Friday 15 June, 10am-12pm
  • Saturday 16 June, 1pm-3pm

Metro Park East, Millwater

  • Sunday 17 June, 10am-12pm

Puhinui Reserve, Manukau

  • Friday 27 July, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 28 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Waipapa Stream, Parnell

Join this local community project to restore the historic Waipapa Stream that runs alongside the Auckland Domain.

  • Saturday 23 June, 10am-2pm

Atiu Creek Regional Park, Tapora, Wellsford

Plant native trees and shrubs at Atiu Creek Regional Park on the Kaipara Harbour. We’re aiming to plant 32,000 trees this winter – and you can help.

  • Saturday 7 July, 8.30am-4.30pm

What to wear and bring:

Plantings go ahead rain, hail or shine. Wear gumboots or closed-toe shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. Bring your favourite spade, gardening gloves, water and sunscreen, and check your boots and tools are free of mud before you arrive.

There are more planting days around the region – check out the listings on OurAuckland or follow the Auckland Biodiversity Facebook page.