News & Events

1000 more plants in the ground at Bushy Point!

On Sunday 10th September, the annual Bushy Point Planting Day took place with 100 people, including 40 children, coming along to help. The plants had been moved onto site from the Southland Community Nursery the previous Friday and were in position for the willing planters to dig holes, plant and cover with combi-guards. The plants – red tussock for the hill, so we retain our estuary views, kapuka/broadleaf, kohuhu/black mapou, tarata/lemonwood, Ti kouka/cabbage tree, kotukutuku/tree fuchsia, mingimingi/coprosma, manuka, totara, karamu/Coprosma lucida were all planted to restore the area with locally sourced native plants.

This years planting adds to the previous 20 + years and according to Barry’s records totals 35,325 trees in the ground and 19,343.4 Hours of volunteer time spent on this project. Thanks to all involved.


Bushy Point Big Planting Day Sunday 10th September 23

Where: Entrance off No: 5 Bryson Road (Estuary end)

When: Arrive 9.50 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start

FREE BBQ from 12 noon

One thousand plants are ready and waiting.

Give us a hand to grow Bushy Point’s forest-in-the-making!

What we need you to bring:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Spade (narrow ones are best to dig planting holes)
  • Appropriate footwear and clothing for the conditions
  • Drink Bottle

Keeping ourselves safe

  • The planting sites are small and scattered, ideal for separate groups of family and friends. Each planting area will have a team leader.
  • We will provide hand sanitiser, soap and water.
  • If you feel at all unwell, please stay at home!

Otatara Landcare Group AGM

AGM of the Otatara Landcare Group Thursday 11 May 2023 in the Otatara Community Chirch, Oreti Road at 7pm followed by speaker Lloyd Esler.

We are always looking for members to join our team - if you are interested please give Richard a call (0211242746)to discuss or come along on the night and volunteer your services.