The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's mission is to grow native plants at its Jean Malpas Community Nursery and to use these plants to plant in public areas to enhance biodiversity in the Wakatipu Basin. The driving force behind the organisation are visionaries Neill and Barbara Simpson who, with the help of around 900 volunteer hours, established the nursery and have already planted several sites with native plants in the district. This has only been possible with the support of volunteers.
At the nursery - volunteers help to grow our native plants by potting up seedlings, weeding pots and maintaining a tidy nursery.The nursery is located at Jardine Park, Poplar Drive, Kelvin Heights. Don’t worry if you have never done anything like this before – we’ll show you how to do it and besides, there’ll be plenty of people on hand to help you if you have any questions.
On planting days - volunteers plant native plants at public places all around the Wakatipu/Queenstown basin. They arrange volunteer planting days and maintenance days. Volunteer planting days are usually held on weekend mornings during Autumn and Spring.
They look forward to joining with our community as we celebrate our 6th year of community planting, and reaching a massive milestone of 50,000 plants in the ground by the end of these planting days.
Volunteers gain an insight into native plant propagation and planting, meet plenty of interesting people and gain satisfaction from leaving a positive footprint in the Wakatipu.
No specific skills are required as they will show you what to do – otherwise volunteers should have a positive energy, be happy to get your hands dirty and enjoy having fun.
Nursery sessions occur on Wednesday mornings from 9am-12pm each week.
Planting days for Spring 2020 run on consecutive Saturdays starting from 9am:
5 September - Whitechapel Reserve, Arrow Junction
12 September - Bush Creek, Arrowtown (along the trail behind the Chinese Village carpark)
19 September - Lake Hayes South, Lake Hayes
26 September - Mill Creek / Slope Hill
3 October - Tucker Beach Wildlife Management Reserve
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.