COVID-19 Update

May 17, 2020

Now that the country has moved in Level 2. Avon Ōtākaro Forest Park will be resuming working bees and planting events on our sites in the OARC. We are working through our COVID-19 safety plan, please read and follow these Volunteer Guidelines, available for download here.

The first working bee will be our regular monthly one at Horseshoe Lake Reserve on May 30.

Keep up to date with what is happening via our Facebook page.


Looking forward to seeing you soon

- Avon Ōtākaro Forest Park Committee.


Our vision is to transform the Avon River Red Zone into a vibrant, city-to-sea native forest park along the Avon-Otakaro River. 

We believe this land should be returned to nature, creating a ribbon of green from the the town centre to New Brighton. A forest park would provide a setting for sensitive recreation, a catalyst for regeneration and tourism, protection from flooding and pollution and enhance our city. It will also create an ecological paradise for native flora and fauna and a clean, green forest park to be enjoyed by all. We advocate for a simple, common sense approach that works with nature to remediate this land for the good of the community and our natural environment. Our forest park proposal is low cost, low impact with huge benefits and returns both directly and indirectly.

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You can make a difference today!
Help us to create and maintain our forest park by coming along to one of our regular red zone working bees

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