That's a wrap! Alsco Planting Days 2021

27 Sep 2021 by Rosa Thompson

This year, Alsco co-hosted a series of 5 planting days with Million Metres as part of their ongoing commitment to waterway restoration. Teams from Alsco branches around the country have been grabbing gumboots and spades and heading out to plant trees along their local rivers and streams.

Alongside a great turn out of Alsco staff and families, these days have provided an opportunity for members of the public, the Sustainable Business Network and other businesses to get involved and spend time out in nature. Thanks so much to everyone that participated!

Cambridge, Waikato: 15 volunteers, 2,000 native trees planted! 

To kick of the planting season, the Alsco Hamilton and Rotorua branches joined forces with Ngāti Hauā Mahi Trust to help them in their restoration efforts in the Waikato region.  A tough crew of 15 braved steep slopes to plant 2000 native trees on a private farm near Cambridge. This will contribute to ongoing efforts by Ngāti Hauā Mahi Trust, an iwi-based initiative, to restore the health of waterways that flow into the Waikato River! 

Marsden Valley, Nelson: 65 volunteers, 1,200 native trees planted! 

Despite the rain, the inaugural Alsco planting day in Nelson had a fantastic turnout. Community members from toddlers to retirees and of course the local Alsco crew and families came out in full force! The day was co-hosted by Nelson City Council to help restore the Poorman Valley Stream in Marsden Valley. The stream and its surrounds are home to many species of native fish and birds. This planting will help improve their habitat and food sources!

Cranford Basin, Christchurch: 68 volunteers, 3,000 native trees planted! 

What an incredible effort from volunteers from Alsco, the local community and the Sustainable Business Network who contributed to Conservation Volunteers New Zealand’s mission to plant 37,000 kahikatea trees in Cranford Basin this year! These seedlings will grow to become the largest stand of kahikatea in Christchurch since pre-European times. The Alsco Christchurch branch and community planted the most native seedlings this year! Cheers! Your efforts have contributed into transforming this area into a forested wetland that will benefit ecosystems and the surrounding community for years to come.

Baring Head, Wellington: 25 volunteers, 800 native trees planted! 

Another great day of planting, this time with the Alsco Wellington branch and local investors of the Sustainable Business Network. Despite being a notoriously wild and windy spot, the planting day was a huge success. The Friends of Baring Head are on a mission to restore all the lower reaches of the Wainuiomata River at Baring Head, a key coastal habitat for many threatened species. With help from Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and the Greater Wellington Regional Council, they have already seen over 13,000 plants in the ground since commencing in 2018. Thanks to Alsco and such an awesome group of volunteers, this local group are further towards their 10-year vision of bringing life back to the Wainuiomata. Learn more here.

Matuku Link, Auckland: 70 volunteers, 500 native trees planted! 

The fifth and final planting day for 2021 was held at a beautiful wetland in the Waitakere Ranges known as Matuku Link. Volunteers from Alsco, Auckland City Mission and Sustainable Business Network took part in three activities – planting native seedlings, hand releasing weeds from around 3000 baby trees and going on a guided walk to learn more about the forest habitat and the wildlife it supports. Their efforts contribute to Matuku Link’s long-term vision to restore the area into one of rich diverse habitat for native animals. You can learn more about the importance of wetland restoration by signing up to Matuku Link’s newsletter or becoming a supporter of their work here.


Alsco is a Foundation Partner of Million Metres Streams Project. Since 2017, Alsco has sponsored Million Metres and supported community planting projects, providing lots of enthusiastic team members at planting days and putting on delicious BBQ’s for hungry planters. Thanks so much for your ongoing support!