Our Projects

Jean Malpas Community Nursery

At the heart of our operations is our Community Nursery. Here, native plants are grown from locally eco-sourced seed by a strong team of volunteers and are eventually planted on public land on community planting days. Our nursery is open for volunteers to join us for native plant maintenance sessions. No experience is required and everyone is welcome. 

Our nursery volunteer sessions run every Wednesday:
Summer Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm (last morning session 12th May)
Winter hours: 12.00 – 3.00 pm (from 19th May) 

Community Planting Days

Join us in spring and autumn at our community planting days.  Planting days are a great opportunity to participate in restoring our native biodiversity  onto public land around Queenstown.  Bring your shovel, gloves and hat, and desire to make a difference to our local environment.  No experience is required, everyone is welcome.

4 Sept
– Whitechapel
11 Sept – Bush Creek
18 Sept – Lake Hayes South
25 Sept – Slope Hill Road 

Our Planting Sites

The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust manage five keystone planting sites that have been strategically chosen to cover different ecosystems, in close proximity to various Wakatipu communities. Each of our sites has the capacity to be planted for at least the next 10 years at current operational levels, massively increasing the levels of native habitat and biodiversity in the area.

Wakatipu Beech Seeding Project

The Wakatipu Beech Seeding Project was a 3-year, joint research project between the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group and the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, with technical support from Ahika Consulting Limited, Scion Research Institute and the University of Otago.