Community planting days

Father and daughter plant a tree on National Tree Planting Day 2010Community planting days are a great way to relax and socialise with neighbours while giving back to the environment for future generations.

Volunteers plant trees, shrubs and grasses to create and care for habitats around Yarra.

Planting days predominantly occur in spring and autumn, though successful plant regeneration can occur all year round. Council works with a number of organisations who run community planting days in Yarra. Rain, hail or shine we go ahead with all advertised planting days.

What to bring: hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, gloves, lunch, water and gardening tools.

When: contact the relevant organisation below to find the next community planting day in your area.

National Tree Day - Annual Partnership with Planet Ark

When: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Usually occurs in the last Sunday of July, planting activities occur: 10:00am to 12:00pm

National Tree Day, Project Background in Yarra:

Yarra City Council has been formally hosting a National Tree Day activity in various parklands throughout the municipality since 2000.  Restoration works are predominantly focused on enhancing natural values next to areas with conservation significance or improving habitat corridors between sites of exceptional ecological values. In addition, there’s a strong social context to each planting day that seeks to support families within local networks that collectively share an interest towards improving the environment.  Ongoing partnerships with Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Planet Ark, Port Phillip & Western Port CMA and Merri Creek Management Committee (to name a few) continues to broaden external investment towards protecting the City of Yarra’s biodiversity.

Council provides:

Gloves, tools and equipment for planting, watering cans / buckets, Drinking water, BBQ.


Planting (along with watering, guarding or staking new plants)

Educational Activity (Mobie Animals Zoo & Water Ecology Display)

Barbecue with vegetarian option (free)

Planting Day Objective Categories

Creating Wildlife Corridors

Developing Native Animal Habitat

Protecting Threatened Species

Improving Amenity or Urban Renewal

Planting for Climate Change and species adaption

Planting for protection of local genetic pools and seed banks

Protection of Biodiversity

Improving Ecological Functionality


Volunteer RSVP

Parks & Habitat Officer : Craig McGrath
Phone: 9489 4588 

More information about this event can be found on the Planet Ark National Tree Day website.

Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford

St Heliers St, Abbotsford, (Melways 44 G5)
Collingwood and Victoria Park train stations are 10 minutes walk. You can also take the Capital City Bike Trail that runs along the Yarra River to the Farm.
Enquiries: Alex 9415-8351

Friends of Burnley Gardens

Burnley College, Yarra Boulevard
Burnley (Melways 59 B2)
Enquiries: Carol Ferguson 9250 6800

Friends of Merri Creek

Planting occurs in many areas along the Merri Creek
Contact: (03) 9389 8633

Friends of Quarries Park

Quarries Park, Nth of Yambla Oval,
Merri Parklands, Clifton Hill (Melways 44 G2)
Enquiries: Craig McGrath 9489 4588 Enter parkland at the Corner of Wright St and Dwyer St.

Greenlink Yarra Bend Park

Meets: First and third Sunday of the month at Deep Rock Road 10am -12pm. They re-vegetate and restore the Deep Rock area of Yarra Bend Park. Follow the Greenlink signs:
from the Yarra Trail bridge over the Merri Creek (Melways 2D B6), or
from the car park access road opposite W.T. Long Oval (Melways 2D F5)
Contact: Bill Power
Phone, 9417 1085, mobile 0412 378 032
PO Box 557 Northcote 3070

Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) - Planting Days

Yarra's Open Space Planning Unit works very closely with MCMC and the Friends of Merri Creek. The City of Yarra encourages ongoing maintenance of the Merri Creek corridor in and upstream from Yarra's municipal boundary. For further information on MCMC planting days please contact Brian Bainbridge on 9380 8199 or email

SAFCA: South Alphington and Fairfield Civic Association
Alphington Wetlands

End of Parkview St, Alphington (Melways 31 C12)
Web: South Alphington and Fairfield Civic Association

Friends of Herring Island 

Meet at Como Landing, on Alexandra Avenue, next to the cafe
Herring Island, Yarra River (Mel Ref 2M C3)
Contact: Parks Victoria Burnley Harbour Office on 9426 4666
Community working bee days occur the first Sunday in every month.

Further information
Craig McGrath
Parks and Habitat Officer
9489 4588

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