Save the Otago Peninsula (STOP) exists to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Peninsula. It monitors and reacts to potential threats to the environment. It also works to raise concern for the protection of the environment and it organises practical ways in which people can make a contribution to our area.
From April until August/September, we will be planting trees. While some planting is going on over winter, we are also releasing native seedlings planted in previous years to ensure that the trees get plenty of light and don’t have grass competing for nutrition and water, as well as enhancing the conditions to speed up natural revegetation in areas adjacent to existing bush remnants.
Location: Generally, we work at the Smiths Creek Catchment on the Hereweka Harbour Cone Block but some weeks it is at other locations so please get in contact with the site organiser before you come.
Level of fitness: Must be able to walk across an uneven paddock. If you can garden you can do the activity. Walking access to the site is approximately 20 to 30 minutes and the current planting site has either a gentle hill climb approach or a flat approach followed by a steeper hill climb. Tasks will be tailored to your level.
Transport: Please either drive or take the No 18 bus to get to the site.
Smiths Creek Catchment is located at the no exit end of Bacon St in Turnbulls Bay (next bay after Broad Bay) on the Otago Peninsula (17k from CBD, 20-30 min). Parking for about 12 cars.
Or, catch the No 18 Portobello bus at 8.38am and ask to be let off at Bacon St in Turnbulls Bay. Walk along to the no exit end. Buses back to town pass the Portobello Road end of Bacon St just after the hour.
Food and drink: Bring your own water and snacks.
Regular volunteer working bees occur on Tuesday and Sunday.
Normally working bees start at 9.30am and stop for morning tea about 11.15am. Some groups continue until about 12 or 12.30pm and either finish then, or have lunch on site, before leaving or working a little longer.
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.