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Highlights 2017-2018

350 SBHS students plant a native plant each representing a new start for both themselves and their environment

350 native trees planted at Brooker reserve by Christ's College students and staff

First Eco-Action Satellite Nursery established at Christ's College.

SBHS Outdoor Education students plant trees at Travis Wetland as part of their course requirements

Highlights 2018-2019

2000 carex secta native grasses donated to AOFP Avon Otakaro Forest Park are planted as new habitat for birdlife in the Red Zone.

SBHS Yr9 students again plant 350 native plants as part of their school orientation into the area.

350 trees donated to be planted into Travis Wetland.

SBHS Outdoor Ed students plant 300 trees into Travis Wetland with Park Ranger supervision.

AOFP Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park lease 1.5Ha of RedZone off LINZ to plant native trees surrounding Brooker Reserve.

34 Christ's College Boarders and Staff barrow mulch and weed existing plantings at Brooker Reserve

38 Christ's College Boarders and Staff collect weed tree species and turn them into mulch at Brooker Reserve

Highlights 2019-2020

SBHS sudents again plant 350 native plants as part of their school orientation into the area.

2600 trees planted into 3 blocks on the Brooker Ave site leased by AOFP.

Partnership agreement to plant up the Nature Adventure Trail on the new QEII site replacing part of the Ascot Golf Course. 850 trees planted. 80 volunteer  planters accomplish the task in 2 hours.

SBHS Outdoor Ed students plant 250 trees into QEII Adventure Trail with Park Ranger supervision. SBHS students remove fencing to allow better public access to the park.

One Ha is direct leased by the Trust from LINZ on Chimera Cresc with CCC support, to be solid planted as the beginning of the eastern end of the Green Spine.

80 volunteers barrow mulch to suppress weeds at QEII including Christ's, Rangi and SBHS students and staff as well as members of the wider community.

Cathedral Grammar students hand weed planting at QEII. 

Plans for 2020-2021

Planting Dates 2020 

Sun 7th June 10am-12 noon (QEII Adventure Trail)

Sun 21 Jun 10am-12 noon (28 Chimera Crescent)

Sun 26 July 10am-12 noon (32 Chimera Cresc)

Sun 30 Aug 10am-12 noon (38 Chimera Cresc)

Trust registered as a Charity so can now give tax deductions for donations

  Four public plantings are planned using both Christ's College students as well as advertising to the wider community for help. (SBHS, Rangi, St Margaret's, Volunteer Canterbury, public radio advertising) 

Eleven schools will have Eco-Action Satellite Nurseries growing on 10,000 PB3's-Linwood College, Heaton Intermediate, Rawhiti Primary,  AGHS,  CGHS, STAC, SBHS, Cathedral Grammar, Rangi Ruru, St Margarets, CC. More will be approached.

Larger numbers of trees will be potted up so scale of the operation will continue to expand.

Eco action was founded in 2016. We've since planted more than 7560 plants, and continue to expand our capacity and membership with the help of the community. Eco-Action has established 11 satellite nurseries around Christchurch, and continue to establish more. With your help, we want to keep exploding the number of plantings we do every year, so that we, and those that come after us can enjoy a thriving environment.

We've planted Akeake, Black seeded sedge, Cabbage tree, Carex secta, Coprosma propinqua, Coprosma, Robusta, Corokia cotoneaster, Five Finger, Flax cookianum, Flax Tenax, Giant Rush, Griselinia litoralis, Hebe koromiko, Hebe small leaf, Kahikatea, Kanuka, Kowhai microphylla, Kowhai prostrate, Lacebark, Horeria, Lancewood ferox, Lancewood straight, Lophomyrtus, Manuka, Marbleleaf, Muhlenbechia astonii, Mysine australis, Ngaio, Oleria paniculata, Pittosporum eugenoides, Pittosporum tenuifolium, Ribbonwood Plagianthus regius, Toitoi, Totara, Windgrass, Wineberry.

A gigantic thanks to:

Parents and friends

Who "donated a tree planted" helping Eco-Action to purchase the gear to plant,  grow, and finally mulch and maintain the planted trees. 

Shirley Boy's High School, Christ's College, St Margarets, Rangi Ruru and Cathedral Grammar

For seed funding and ongoing financial and logistics support as well as access to student time and transport. 

CLS Canterbury Landscape Services

For the excellent potting mix, seed mix and pumice that keep the plants healthy. 

Tiki Wines North Canterbury

For donating 1000 litre IBC Tanks for emergency insurance irrigation over summer

Mainland Tank and Drums Ltd

For donating the Tank Stands that provide the head pressure for the insurance irrigation. 

Protranz Ltd

For donating both the transport and the water used for the insurance irrigation.

Canterbury Polythene Pipe, Rolleston

For the irrigation lateral pipe.


For 10 replacement wheeliebin lids and a further fifteen, 240L wheeliebins for potting mix to supply another five Satelite Nurseries.

Isaacs Construction 

For all the road cones that make such excellent irrigation stands for all our nurseries.

Christchurch Arborist businesses

For chipped mulch to help reduce herbicide use. Mulch limits weed germination between our newly planted trees. (250m3 by Mar 2019 so far) In particular thanks to Reuben from Regarding Trees Ltd for donating his time and machine plus worker to chip and turn to mulch, weed tree species on the Brooker Ave area like Elderberry, Cherry, Robinia.

Bryan from Mowing the Redzone

For mowing the grass at the Brooker Ave site to keep it tidy for petrol money.

Living Earth

For their fantastic 100 tons of Biogrow certified mulch.

Stark Brothers Engineering

For the 12 trips in their 20 tonne tip truck transporting the mulch to site.


For their essential supply of a clean toilet at our planting mornings.

House of Travel, Merivale

For their signage, and cash contribution towards purchasing weedmats and PB3 bags.

Bunnings, Shirley

For helping purchase 30 small planting shovels, and 30 rakes.

Eco-Action Nursery Trust CC57147

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