Celebrating 10 Years

Jean Malpas Community Nursery

Our Community Nursery is the heart of our operations. Each year our volunteers propagate and grow approximately 10,000 native plants to support reforestation efforts at our planting sites

Community Nursery Volunteering (weekly sessions)

Opening Hours:  Every Wednesday morning from 9.00  am- 12.00 noon (drop in style).
What to bring:  Gardening gloves, water, hat & sunscreen.
Location: Jean Malpas Community Nursery, Poplar Drive, Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights.
No gardening experience required | Morning tea provided

Summer Evening Sessions

During daylight savings we run monthly summer evening potting sessions on the first Wednesday of the month.

Time:  5.30-7.30 pm
Dates:

  • 7th February, 2024
  • 6th March, 2024

What to bring:  Gardening gloves, water, snacks.

Community Planting Days

Each spring and autumn we invite our community to help plant native trees & shrubs at our keystone sites. Since 2015, we have planted over 80,000 natives throughout the Whakatipu Basin.  Our sites are thriving examples of successful ecological restoration, providing habitat and food for our native birds, insects & invertebrates.

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. 

Latest News

23rd February 2024

Slope Hill Reserve Planting Sessions

The Whakatipu Reforestation Trust is joining forces with Mana Tāhuna for a week-long series of community planting events at Slope Hill Reserve. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a living legacy, one of the Basin’s largest restoration projects… Read more »

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26th January 2024

Now we are ten.

What better time to reflect on beginnings than a nice round birthday? In March we reach a full decade of restoring native biodiversity to the Whakatipu Basin. From its steep mountains to its braided rivers, this unique place once contained… Read more »

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12th December 2023

Our happy place – Inside the Jean Malpas Community Nursery

At the heart of our planting operations is a sun-soaked spot at the end of Kelvin Peninsula. Here, each week on a Wednesday, people from all parts of the world and all walks of life meet to work towards a… Read more »

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Our Supporters

We would not exist without the amazing support from organisations and individuals who support us financially and through volunteer hours.

DOC
QLDC
Trees That Count
Queenstown Airport
Jean Malpas
Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundation