Apply now to plant your own native Greendot!

Private landowners and community groups located in Selwyn, if you have an area of at least 1100m2 / enough room to plant 500 plants

Successful applicants will receive an ecologist site visit and restoration plan for their planting project. This will contain a plant list and advice to get the best results from your planting. You may also receive funding of up to $1,500 towards plants and plant guards and be included in our annual volunteer planting event projects.

Applications are assesed on a range of criteria including location, shape of planting area and size of project long term. If you would like to ask questions before applying, please call Letitia on 027 773 3262 or email [email protected]

2023 Plantout Dates

See our Volunteer Page for more information about our Plantout Events.

  • Sunday May 28th – Tai Tapu, self drive Register Here
  • Sunday August 20th – Te Pae O Ahuriri / Lincoln, self drive
  • Saturday September 2nd – Lincoln / Tai Tapu, buses & lunch provided
  • Sunday September 17th – West Melton, self drive
  • Saturday September 30th – Springfield areas, buses & lunch provided

About us:

Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust is an incorporated Charitable Trust with the goal of increasing biodiversity in Canterbury.

Our mission is to create a ‘Greenway’ – a corridor of native biodiversity Greendots between the Waimakiriri and Rakaia rivers, linking the mountains to the sea and Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere.

We run four programmes:

The Greendot Programme

Working with private and public landowners we can provide restoration planning, plants, advice, volunteer planters and monitoring for landowners in the Selwyn District. Our focus is on planting the right tree at each unique site and educating the community while increasing biodiversity and creating stepping stones in the Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway. Read more…

The Kids Discovery Plantout Programme

This programme is a successful collaboration between Te Ara Kākāriki, Enviroschools and Lincoln University. Currently working with 14 Selwyn schools, we provide an opportunity for students to learn about native biodiversity through hands on experience in adopting a  a native ecosystem close to the student’s school. Through planting and monitoring days the students take on a role of kaitiakitanga or guardianship for their special place and together contribute to restoring the native
ecosystems across the Canterbury Plains.
Read more…

The Annual Canterbury Plantouts

This Spring we will host four public planting days at a selection of greendot sites.

For our two larger plantouts, buses transport participants from points around Christchurch and outer suburbs to multiple Greendot sites for a full day of planting. For these days lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. We also host a shorter self drive day. Find out about this Spring’s events here.

We also host a small number of weekday
plantings with corporate or staff groups.
Find out how your team can take part here.

Jobs for Nature Projects

We have received Department of Conservation Kaimahi for Nature funding for three years from July 2021. This enables the employment of four Kaimahi / Restoration Field Workers over three years to restore and establish two large Legacy Sites, creating valuable and much needed biodiversity havens in the Selwyn District. The sites include Te Pae O Ahuriri, in the lower catchment of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere and Ōkakaraiti, our Springfield Legacy site in the upper catchment as well as contributing to a number of smaller ‘Greendot’ sites in the Tai Tapu-Ōtāhuna Biodiversity Cluster.
Work will include site preparation, planting and maintenance of over 50,000 plants at as well as pest control, fencing, community engagement and building infrastructure.

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