There are still two months left in this year’s tree planting season, so why not live lightly and take the pledge to get involved with a community planting day? Tree planting is a great way to get outdoors, whether for a family afternoon or volunteer trip with work. It helps native species thrive too, supports local biodiversity, and hungry planters are usually rewarded with a sausage sizzle at the end of the day!  

To get you started here’s a selection of planting days happening across Auckland.  

Atiu Creek Regional Park, Tapora, Wellsford 
Plant native trees and shrubs at Atiu Creek Regional Park on the Kaipara Harbour. We’re aiming to plant 32,000 trees this winter – and you can help.

  • Saturday 7 July, 8.30am-4.30pm

Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa

Join the rangers and volunteers from Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society for a morning of tree planting. All of the plants were grown on site from seed collected in the park.

  • Sunday 15 July, 10.00am-1.00pm
  • Sunday 22 July, 10.00am-1.00pm

Matariki Planting, Puhinui Reserve, Manukau
Celebrate Matariki by planting 60,000 trees across June and July as part of the mayor’s Million Trees programme. There’s a free tree for every volunteer from the Trees That Count Trust. 

  • Friday 27 July, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 28 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Tāwharanui Regional Park, Tāwharanui Peninsula
Bring along your family and friends for a morning of planting trees with the rangers and volunteers from Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society

  • Sunday 5 August, 9.00am-1.00pm

What to wear and bring:

Plantings go ahead rain, hail or shine. Wear gumboots or closed-toe shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. Bring your favourite spade, gardening gloves, water and sunscreen, and check your boots and tools are free of mud before you arrive.