World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge. Veolia holding the winning trophie in Brisbane

Join our World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge 2016  

Conservation Volunteers invites you to participate in our World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge on Friday, 3 June 2016.

Gather your workmates, form a team of up to ten, register your interest and just turn up on the day. We will provide everything you need including a BBQ lunch.

What you need to know

When: Friday 3 June, 2016

Time: 9.30am – 2pm

Cost: $2,000 per team of up to 10 volunteers

Registrations close:  20 May, 2016

Sites around Australia and New Zealand

We’ve found priority sites across Australia and New Zealand where you and your team can help restore these significant locations:


  • Adelaide – Trott Park Creek is an environmentally significant site, with extensive plantings of Greybox woodland species and a creek line with remnants of the River Redgum Woodland.
  • Bathurst – Jordon Creek, located within the Blayney Road Reserve is part of Bathurst Regional Council’s “Racing to Save the Mount Panorama Woodlands” project which focuses on improving the quality of Box Gum Grassy Woodland on the slopes and foothills of Mount Panorama.  The planting would help to revegetate, stabilise and provide habitat in a tributary of  the Jordan Creek.
  • Brisbane Toowong Milton Taringa Scout Camp encompasses the Toowong and Cubberla Creek catchments which both flow into and impact on Moreton Bay. To improve habitat for birds and butterflies, planting of mid and lower shrub species will be undertaken.
  • CanberraWandiyali Restoration Conservation Area is located just south of Queanbeyan.  This site contains a mix of ecologically important vegetation types including remnant Box Gum Grassy Woodland, Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and temperate grassland and is habitat for local native species.
  • Darwin – McMinn’s Lagoon is located 30km South East of Darwin. McMinn’s Lagoon is an important feature in a network of wetlands across the region.  It is an area of significant environmental, social and cultural value to the Larrikia people and is a focal point for the local community that contributes to their lifestyle and wellbeing.
  • Hobart – Old Lauderdale Landfill is surrounded by saltmarshes and bushland. It provides vital support for threatened flora and fauna species including the critically endangered Swift Parrot. New plantings will create a buffer zone from the saltmarshes, increase habitat for the Swift Parrot, reduce landfill leaching and connect fragmented bushland.
  • Mackay – De Moleyns Lagoon is a beautiful freshwater lagoon in the picturesque Pioneer Valley. The Lagoon was grazed by cattle until recently when the area was fenced off and revegetation of the degraded banks commenced. Improvements made to this unique environment have increased water quality and enticed native wildlife to return to the area.
  • Melbourne – The W. James Whyte Island Reserve is located 50 kilometres west of Melbourne, near Myrniong and was donated to Conservation Volunteers in 2006 by W. James Whyte. The former agricultural site is being transformed into a conservation reserve. Thousands of trees have been planted at the site which are turning this once barren landscape into a healthy and thriving habitat.
  • Newcastle – Tomago Wetlands is a 450 hectare wetland located within the Hunter Wetlands National Park on the northern shore of the Hunter River estuary, to the west of Fullerton Cove.
  • Perth – Woodman Point Regional Park, Munster marks the northern most part of Cockburn Sound with a unique coastline and the most extensive stands of Rottnest cypress found anywhere on the mainland. It features a traditional beach coastline, with a distinguishing bushy backdrop of remnant Tuart woodland.
  • Sydney – Sydney Olympic Park supports over 200 species of native birds, frogs, bats, possums and lizards, and contains over 300 hectares of threatened species habitat. It is a hotspot for all things natural, and protects habitats including the Green and Golden Bell Frog.
  • Townsville – Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park is located on the Northern outskirts of the Townsville coastline and offers spectacular views to magnetic Island and the City Skyline.  Having undergone many uses from a Quarantine Station to Military Installation, cape Pallarenda is now a favoured destination for recreational actives.

New Zealand

  • Auckland – Whenua Rangitira is located just 7kms from Auckland’s CBD and is being steadily returned to its original cover of native bush thanks to the dedication of Okahu Rakau, who, with the help of the local community have grown and planted 180,000 plants in the past 10 years.
  • Wellington – Central ParkInterspersed by a network of walking tracks, including the City to Sea Walkway, Central Park is popular with commuters, families, and those who just want to get out and experience one of Wellington’s vibrant reserves.  Due to its close proximity to Zealandia, the area is also home to a rich diversity of rare and endangered bird species such as kaka, tui, and the bellbird, all of which help to make central park one of the shining jewels in Wellington’s crown.

Register your team

Register online now

What the day will look like

  • Meet on site at 9.30am on the day
  • Teams will have 2 hours to plant as many trees as you can – 10am to 12pm
  • Tree Planting will be judged on how many trees are planted, looking at quality and quantity
    with the winning team receiving a trophy.
  • A BBQ lunch will follow while tree planting quality and quantity is being judged

What did our 2015 volunteers say?

An excellent way to build relationships, have a break and do something useful”  – Two Degrees Mobile employee, Auckland

I appreciate an organisation that encourages good team work and puts quality over competition” – Bridgestone employee, Adelaide

 “A positive event and great to go to new location and spots that we weren’t aware of”  – Veolia employee, Hobart

 “Thank you again for the opportunity to participate and for your care and professionalism in planning for a safe event: we were impressed by the approach to safety management” – Inpex employee, Perth

Download the World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge flyer.

Interested in other opportunities to get your workmates involved in conservation activities?  Check out our Employee Volunteering information.

We are seeking sponsors for next year’s event. If you would like more information regarding this opportunity, please email