There are a number of ways you can volunteer to make our coasts clean and green.

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South New Brighton Park community planting day

Location South New Brighton Park

Sunday 2 June (Arbor Day planting) from 1pm to 4pm

Find out more about this Arbor Day event.(external link)

Sunday 4 August from 1pm to 4pm

Where to go  Meet in the car park closest to the Jetty.
What you'll be doing Help Council Rangers and the Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust plant 500 native tree seedlings to beautify the park. Free BBQ afterwards.
What to bring Your own gloves. Tools will be provided.
Contact For event information contact Scott Butcher from the Ihutai Trust(external link) on 022 343 9069.

Southshore Reserve community planting day

Location Southshore Spit Reserve
When 10am, Saturday 10 August
Where to meet Meet at the end of Rockinghorse Road.
Look for signs directing you to planting site which is a short walk into the reserve.
Contact Jason Roberts, Council Park Ranger:  (03) 941 7540, 027 224 5906 or

Trees for Canterbury (external link)
What to bring Wear closed footwear (i.e. not jandals) and bring gardening gloves and a spade.

South New Brighton working bee

Tasks include infill planting and maintenance.

Location South New Brighton Park
Date First Sunday of every month.
Time 1pm to 4pm
Where to go Meet at South New Brighton Park playground.
Check Ihutai Trust Facebook (external link)page for updates.
Contact Pieter Borcherds 027 611 8655
What to bring Tools and gloves provided. Wear closed footwear.

McCormacks Bay working bee

Location  McCormacks Bay
Date Third Sunday of each month.
Time 2pm to 4pm

What to bring

Sturdy footwear or gumboots, weather appropriate clothing, tools provided.


Follow the Sumner Environment Facebook page(external link) for notices of upcoming dune working bees.