Our native plant nursery

Replanting of native species is hugely important to the river’s health

Plants help stabilise the river bank, filter excess nutrients, and reduce water temperature. This in turn helps to prevent algal growth and increases oxygen in the water, crucial to the river’s aquatic life.

Our native plant nursery is a community resource providing advice, practical help and subsidised plants so that more people can join in the effort to replant and regenerate Te Wairoa.

Nursing new growth

Our native plant nursery is situated behind the Clevedon Co-op on the main Clevedon-Papakura Road.

Each year we grow over 3,000 plants from eco-sourced seed for restorative planting in Te Wairoa. Our aim is to have all our plants eco-sourced by the 2022 planting season. At the beginning of the planting season we usually invite residents to contact us with requests for buying plants for your local projects.

Our plants are hardy and will grow well in local conditions. Most of the plants that we stock are first-stage coloniser species which provide fast coverage beside waterways and over steep land.

We love to encourage volunteers and regularly run volunteer sessions where locals help out and learn plant skills.

During the 2021 winter months the nursery has gone into ‘hibernation’ while behind-the-scenes work takes place to ensure our nursery thrives in the year ahead. We look forward to resuming our volunteer mornings as we move towards the next planting season.


We recommend planting in autumn, winter and early spring when rainfall is more reliable and the ground is moist.

We organise workshops throughout the year to teach practical skills that will equip you to grow plants from seed. One of these is on setting up your own home nursery.

School groups

Our nursery also welcomes visits from local school groups throughout the year. Our aim is to engage students in the natural world through fun hands-on activities and discussion on environmental issues.

Get in touch to find out more about these free sessions.

For more information, email us on info@tewairoa.org.nz

Find us behind the Clevedon Co-op at 33 Clevedon-Papakura Road.

Photos: Jodie Little, Stephen Nicholson, Tony Thompson, Brendan Vallings


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