With the help of community groups and volunteers, Nelson City Council is aiming to plant more than 20,000 trees in reserves throughout Nelson over the month of June.

This work follows a successful start to the planting season in May, where 31 volunteers helped plant 1,020 trees throughout the Grampians Reserve over two weekends.

The next planting event will occur Sunday 5 June at Poorman Valley Stream to commemorate Arbor Day. A total of 1,250 trees will be planted, so anyone interested in helping is welcome to come along. 

Planting is an important way to protect and enhance our environment by restoring areas to native bush, extending bio-corridors for wildlife to thrive, and strengthening beach dunes against erosion.

This year's June plantings carry special significance as Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and is encouraging anyone who wants to mark the Jubilee to do so by planting trees. So, this Queen's Birthday weekend, and for the entire month of June, consider getting amongst nature and planting a tree. It's great for the environment and a way to pay tribute to the 70 years that Queen Elizabeth II has served as the Queen of New Zealand.

SiteDateAlternative dateTimeWhoOccasionNumber of trees
Marsden Valley – Poorman Valley Stream by the Fairy Grove, downstream of Quail RiseSunday 5 JuneMonday 6 June10amCommunityArbor Day1,250
Paremata Flats, Māori Pa Road, Cable BaySaturday 11 June Sunday 12 June9amForest and Bird, communityContinuation of restoration project4,700 with community (10,000 total)
Tāhunanui dune restoration – meet behind the Lions PlaygroundSaturday 18 JuneSunday 19 June10amCommunityContinuation of dune restoration project450
Hira Reserve PlantingSaturday 25 JuneSunday 26 June10amCommunityContinuation of restoration project7,500
Mahitahi Wetland (adjacent to the Maitai Campground)Saturday 20 August Saturday 27 August 1pm Multicultural Nelson Tasman,  Friends of the Maitai,  communityTo celebrate the journeys that people have made to make Whakatū Nelson home7,500