Community Planting

Hamilton City Council is working with community groups and residents to improve our natural habitats and increase the city’s biodiversity for future generations to enjoy.

We have had thousands of native trees and shrubs planted by community group volunteers to encourage native birds, like tui, back into our city, and it is working, however there is still more that we can achieve together.

And it's not just planting. We offer a wide variety of interesting projects from monitoring native bats, planting native trees and shrubs, pest plant control, mulching and weed removal, gully & stream restoration and much more!

How can I become involved?

Visit​ to join an organised volunteer planting day. Or, complete the Community Planting Registration Form and we'll be in touch to chat about volunteering options.

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Volunteer in your parks

Take part in an organised volunteer day, join a community group project or talk to us about how you can volunteer regularly in Hamilton parks and reserves. Learn new skills, meet new people and be active and healthy while learning about your parks and contributing to the environment.

Corporate volunteer days

Does your workplace undertake volunteer days? Or are you interested in having a team building exercise? Contact us about some great opportunities for your workplace to help with projects in your parks. Whether it is through planting, maintenance or some other activity there is always something on offer and it’s a good way of getting your workplace recognised in the community.

Donations and sponsorship

The Council welcomes contributions from individuals, groups or organisations for the benefit of our community and the city's environment. For information about how you can contribute to the city’s parks via one of the ways listed above please email the Community Planting Coordinator.

Our coordinator can help:
  • Educate you about our local native plants
  • Facilitate applications for funding of your groups project
  • Provide ecologically sourced native plants for park restoration projects when resources available
  • Provide any other restoration advice and technical support


Community Planting Registration Form

What tasks are you able to help with?

Do you want to work on your own or do you mind having another group join you?

Can you help us by doing a letterdrop to local residents? (houses next to park boundaries, approx 2 weeks before planting day)

Do you wish to receive information mail about the community planting programme?

Do you give permission for the community planting programme to use photos or details of your project in promotions?

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Last updated 20 July 2022