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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.


halfmile reserve planting day 

Sunday the 9th of June 

There has been a lot of work happening in the background with this project and we are very excited to announce that the first of our public planting days is imminent. So please put this date in your diary.


The CODC staff, councillors and contractors will be showing their support for this project in a practical way too with their own planting session on Arbor day, Wednesday the 5th of June. 

Whatever your position on the pine tree removal we are excited to invite you all to embrace the opportunity to beautify the main entrance to our town and boost our native biodiversity at the same time.

The slash has been tidied away, the ground prepared and now we have our fingers crossed for a bit more rain.

Stage one of a six stage project over the next five years is to get 5,000 grasses in along the side of State Highway on the reserve. We have three local species to get in the ground, Poa cita -silver tussock, Poa colensoi -blue tussock and Festuca novae-zelandiae -hard tussock.

This is our most ambitious undertaking yet and we can't do it without you. We will have a variety of ways for you to be actively involved so don't think because your back isn't up to digging holes that you won't be useful. Please RSVP here to find out about the ways you can be involved and indicate an interest in the first instance. We will then be in touch closer to the time with more information and seeking a confirmation of involvement. We will be doing a lot more advertising of this planting day in future and we would love you to share this information with your networks too.

Important to note: No dogs please. The proximity to the state highway and the number of volunteers around makes this a non-negotiable. Bring your dogs back later to catch rabbits!

from 1pm to 4pm  

no experience necessary



Contact  for further information if needed or RSVP below

Nursery sessions are on

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

Every thursday from 1pm to 3pm  we have just started 'winter hours' (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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