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 Tuesday & Wednesday:
Summer Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm (until 27th April)
Winter hours: 1.00 – 4.00 pm (from 4th May) *Wednesday only*
Join us at our community planting days throughout April. 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.
AUTUMN PLANTING DATES:
Sat 2nd April – Whitechapel Reserve, Whitechapel Rd, Arrow Junction
Sat 9th April – Bush Creek, behind Chinese Village, Arrowtown
Sat 23rd April – Lake Hayes South, followed by infill planting at Feehly Hill
Sat 30th April – Slope Hill Road (off Speargrass Flat Rd), along cycle trail
The Whakatipu Reforestation Trust manage five keystone planting sites that have been strategically chosen to cover different ecosystems, in close proximity to various Whakatipu 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.
The Whakatipu Beech Seeding Project was a 3-year, joint research project between the Whakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group and the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust, with technical support from Ahika Consulting Limited, Scion Research Institute and the University of Otago.