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Get Involved - give the region a helping handTūhono mai - āwhinatia te takiwā

Check out our list of this year's public planting days and beach clean ups, and what to bring. We really appreciate your help!

You can find out more about all our events by checking our Facebook Page Events.

Winter planting days 2020

Due to COVID-19 we won’t be hosting any Regional Council planting days.

We will be supporting local community groups with their planting days, and will update our Facebook page with more information about these events.

Community plantings

Here are some community plantings we are supporting:

  • July 18, 10am-3pm - Esk River Care Group planting day, Eskdale Park - find out more here
  • July 19, 9am-12pm - Pukahu (Karamū), Hastings-Havelock Nth Forest & Bird, 800 St Georges Rd, Pukahu
  • July (TBC) - Pukahu, Downstream wetlands (Karamū), Bostock, 800 St Georges Rd, Pukahu
  • Saturday 25th July Annual Forest & Bird winter planting will be on Saturday 25th July at Waitangi from 9am to 12 noon

Get planting and we all win!

Take a photo of you and yours planting over the winter at home, farm, school, work, or for us, and pop them on facebook, tagging it #planttoprotect.

What to Bring

On planting days, come well equipped and ready to enjoy giving a helping hand, so bring:

-          Yourself, your family, your friends and enthusiasm.
-          Marae planting days are also a great opportunity to find out about Māori customs and plant uses
-          Sturdy boots, shoes or gumboots as it can been muddy or slippery
-          Warm clothing, including jacket, woollen jersey as you are outdoors
-          Hat, beanie to keep your head warm or dry
-          Waterproof jacket/coat in case it rains
-          Sunscreen
-          Work/garden gloves
-          Bottle of water is essential, perhaps snacks to keep you going
-          Backpack, bag or big pockets to keep these in

What we supply

-          Plants, fertilisers and usually pre-dug holes
-          Spades, shovels
-          Safety talk and roped off areas where there are hazards
-          There may be a sausage sizzle or kai to celebrate a job well done.

Beach & River Clean-ups

Helping to clean up rubbish from one of our beautiful beaches or rivers is a mucky job, as there are a few people who don’t care about our environment and dump their rubbish… but it’s also fun by the water and some interesting things can be found!

Beach and river clean ups are held regularly and often community groups organise these themselves.  You are welcome to ask us if there are events you can join in or if your group wants to organise a clean up - email or if you want more information, please email Sally Chandler, Community Engagement at the Regional Council.

What to Bring

-          Yourself, your family, your friends and enthusiasm
-          Sturdy boots, shoes or gumboots as beaches are rocky and there can be broken glass
-          Jacket in case it cools off or rains
-          Hat for sun and wind protection
-          Sunscreen
-          Work/garden gloves
-          Bottle of water is essential & perhaps snacks to keep you going
-          Backpack, bag or big pockets to keep these in

 What we can supply

-          Safety & hazards advice
-          Rubbish bags
-          There may be a sausage sizzle or kai to celebrate a job well done.


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