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Cranford Basin Restoration Project, Christchurch

Want to help create a living legacy for our city? Conservation Volunteers New Zealand will be planting 37, 000 kahikatea on our exciting new restoration project in Cranford Basin this winter, and we need your help! These seedlings will grow up to become the largest stand of kahikatea in Ōtautahi Christchurch since pre-European times. Help plant this forest and be part of the larger vision to create our biodiverse-city.

Cranford Basin is a natural ponding and storm water management area, critical to reducing the flood risk to urban Christchurch, and in particular the Pūharakekenui/Styx and Avon River/Otākaro catchments. It will be transformed over the next decade into a multi-purpose forested wetland, with enhanced waterways and passive recreation areas that will benefit ecosystems and the surrounding community.

This planting project is a Matariki Tu Rākau: living memorial, initiated under the One Billion Trees Programme, in conjunction with Christchurch City Council, Trees for Canterbury, and with support from the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund.

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Get Involved

This planting project is a huge undertaking and we need all the help we can get. We would love your help to plant these kahikatea this winter and we have a large number of events coming up in the coming months. Check out our events page or contact Donna at [email protected] to book or to find out more.