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We are an organisation of mainly volunteers that are working to restore, educate and advocate for our unique dryland plant species of Central Otago and the special creatures that depend upon them.


18th of april no nursery session instead it is flat top hill PLant monitoring 

It is that time of the year again, where we go back to Flat Top Hill Conservation Area to check on how our plants have gone over the last year. It is always an activity that I look forward too.

This work is done to meet the requirements of some of the project's funders and most importantly to learn. 'Dryland' planting (where the only irrigation for the plants comes from the sky) in Central is a risky business. We have taken care to choose the most favourable sites and tailored the species to each little microclimate there, and this is when we get to see how everything has gone.

This year's results will be specially telling as around 100mm less rain has been received than the same time over the last four years we have been monitoring (these figures are based on Metservice records for Alexandra).

We would love for anyone to come join us to help. It is not physical work but there is rough, uneven ground and it is boggy in places. The work involves checking all the plants to see if they are dead or alive and recording this. If we have enough volunteers on the day hopefully we can work in teams of two.

It is a lovely spot and we love to share this area with as many people as we can.

Meet at the car park at 10am. Please RSVP (below) your interest, for catering purposes, so we can give you more information and most importantly for advice on cancellation. This is a nice weather activity so we may need to cancel. 

Nursery sessions are on

We are pleased to welcome you to our weekly community nursery sessions

Every thursday from 9am to 12pm (or any part thereof)

no experience necessary

BRING YOUR OWN MASK legionella bacteria protection


Contact for further information if needed

haehaeata gift cards 

Want to support a planting but can't be there yourself?

We have just developed a gifting system where you can buy a plant for a special someone in your life or to support a local native planting project that uses our eco sourced plants. These plants will be planted at the next planting date after your order by a community group. These plantings are on public land so can be visited any time.

By completing the form and making payment we will email out a gift card to your recipient outlining what project is being supported and how many trees have been gifted. 

Please feel free to tell anyone and everyone about this initiative and help improve Central Otago's biodiversity and support local community groups.

Click on the link to buy now. 

About us

Find out about us, our area and why we are doing what we are doing.

Our nursery

We are eco sourcing seed from our dryland native species and growing them on. Find out more.

Get involved

Central Otago has very little in natural biodiversity areas.  There are lots of ways you could help us turn this around.

Plants for Central Otago

Learn about our special species and what grows where.

What we are up to

Here is the latest on what we are up to. Find out more about our projects and community collaborations.

Places to go

Information and photos to help you discover our 'world of difference.'

A 'mostly' monthly email with local plant profile, upcoming events and what we have been doing amongst other things. 

We rely on generous donations from the public, sponsorship and grants to ensure our nursery can eco source and propagate native plants along with providing a hub for community involvement and learning. The projects we are involved in will ultimately create areas of native bush providing homes for our native wildlife.

Would you or your business like to 'give back' and support work to improve our environment and natural heritage? Become a friend!

A big thank you to this year's supporters

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