Two Million Trees

Help us achieve our target of planting two million trees in Wellington by 2025.

Boy hugging an enormous tree.

800-year-old rimu tree at Otari-Wilton's Bush. Photo by Justine Hall


Along with community groups, corporate volunteers, schools, and others, by the end of 2019 the Council will have facilitated the planting of just under 1.8 million native trees in the Wellington city area over the last 15 years. This includes around 100,000 trees per year being distributed from our Berhampore native plant nursery.

Help grow a forest and green the city by getting involved in planting.

Partner with us

We are getting close to our goal of 2 million trees. If you would like to get involved in planting here are some ways the Council can help:

Growing partners

Kereru Discovery
The Kereru Discovery project aims to restore large flocks of kereru to the skies of Wellington. The Council has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to make this project happen - a key part of which is to restore large fruiting trees back to Wellington's forest.

Project Crimson 
The Council has had a partnership with Project Crimson since 2005 on a project called Crimson Hills. This aims to restore northern rata to the hills of Wellington, and together we have seen hundreds planted. The project also includes a Living Legends planting on the Town Belt, which is a lasting legacy from the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Victoria University of Wellington
Growing Graduates is a new initiative which aims to celebrate new graduates and create a lasting connection between students, Victoria University and the city. Each year, over the next five years, Victoria University will plant 2,000 native trees within Wellington's Town Belt.

Funded by the Victoria University Foundation and provided by the Council's Berhampore Nursery, the trees will be for all Wellingtonians to access and enjoy. The programme is designed to enhance the physical landscape of the city, supporting the Council in our Two Million Trees project.

Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo runs a conservation education venture called Bush Builders. Bush Builders is designed to reconnect urban children to local wildlife, and works closely with the Council on planting intiatives in and around Bush Builders schools.

Zealandia and the Council work together to get the school children of Wellington planting. In 2012 we partnered with nine schools and got over 1,200 children planting in sites across the city. This builds on lessons learned when these children visit Zealandia, and enables them to have practical experience with a restoration project.

Corporate participation

We plant trees from mid May through to the end of August every day. If you'd like to participate, contact:

Anita Benbrook, Biodiversity Specialist

Partnering with the Council to plant trees can offer the following benefits:

  • Team building with a difference - promote cooperation and health in your organisation.
  • Enhance your organisation’s sustainability objectives.
  • Help green the city.

At other times of the year we would love help with weeding, help clearing dunes, beach or forest clean-ups, or track building. If you'd like to participate, contact:

Steven Peters, Parks Services Manager

Sponsor a new forest

We’ll help identify a reserve area, and you provide funds for tree planting. In return, we have a number of options to highlight your involvement.

Or you can partner with our urban designers and green your street by sponsoring a tree.

Commemorative trees

Celebrate an occasion, or create a memory by purchasing and planting a commemorative tree. For more information, see: organise a memorial.

Get staff involved in plantings

We provide the trees, you provide the people to plant them. The Council can offer a number of different sites and a variety of days during winter planting season. Your involvement can be acknowledged by news stories in our publications and on our websites.


If you would like your school to be involved in a planting project, contact: 

Anita Benbrook, Biodiversity Specialist

The Council also works with other organisations that run school programmes:

Other ways you can get involved

Join a local community group or start a new group: Environmental community groups

Plant a commemorative tree: Organise a memorial

Volunteer at the Forest and Bird nursery: Native plant restoration - Forest and Bird

Start your own home nursery: Growing your own plants - Nature Space

Plant or expand your own garden: