Lots of work needs to go into preparing the Port Hills for planting this winter and you can help.

Cages around restoration plantings.

Council rangers are hoping to plant over 7,000 plants back into the Port Hills reserves this winter with the help of volunteers.

We need 8,400 protective cages made and we'd love your help. These plastic cages protect the plants from being eaten by hares and stock, so are vital to make sure the plants survive.

Cage-making will be taking place most days (Monday - Saturday) at the Victoria Park ranger headquarters until 13 May 2017.

Note: All the sessions are full thanks for your support!

Each cage-making session can take up to 15 volunteers and the work is suitable for children 10 years and over so families are welcome.

All tools are provided. 


Victoria Park Ranger headquarters.  Park in the public car park behind the Victoria Park Visitor Centre and then walk up to the ranger's headquarters where you will be greeted by a ranger. 


  • Morning session: 9am to 12noon
  • Afternoon session: 1pm to 4pm.


  • Monday to Saturday from Tuesday 18 April until Saturday 13 May.


Note: all sessions are full - thanks for your support.

Winter planting days

Dates are listed on our Port Hills Reserves volunteer days page for 12 public planting days to replant three burnt restoration sites.

Numbers of volunteers at each planting day will be limited to 80.  Registration will open soon also via Eventfinda (external link)


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