Jean Malpas Community Nursery

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


Join us at our Community Nursery on Wednesday mornings to help us grow native plants.

Volunteer sessions run every Wednesday morning from 9:00am – 12:00pm, drop in style.

Volunteering at our nursery has many benefits, including:

– learning about NZ native plants in a hands-on, supportive environment,

– playing an active role in helping to restore the biodiversity of the Whakatipu Basin,

– helping to grow native trees that will absorb carbon and help to mitigate climate change,

– making new friends with like-minded community members.

*No gardening experience required*

*Morning tea is provided*

What to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, gardening gloves.

Location: Jean Malpas Community Nursery, Poplar Drive, Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights.

Community Planting Days

Each spring and autumn we invite our community to help plant native plants at our keystone sites. To date, we have planted over 70,000 natives throughout the Whakatipu Basin since 2015.


Join us on the 15th October on Coronet Peak for a collaborative planting day with Trees that Count & Te Tapu o Tāne.

This planting day event invites our local community to help kickstart a visionary project that will ultimately see much of the front face of Coronet Peak re-cloaked in native forest. It will create an ecological corridor from Mt Dewar to Arrowtown, restoring thriving native biodiversity to this iconic landscape. Be a part of this historical effort to create a better future for our local environment.

Registration is essential – register here.

What to expect on the day:

  • A 30 min gentle downhill walk to get to the planting site
  • Spectacular views
  • Pre-dug holes
  • Delicious Lunch
  • 15 minute downhill walk out
  • An epic day planting beech & mānuka, without the hard work of digging!

PLEASE NOTE: This planting day is family friendly, but we ask that you leave your beloved four-legged friends at home.

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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.

Trees That Count
Queenstown Airport
Jean Malpas
Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundation