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.

Open to the public

Situated behind the Clevedon Co-op on the main Clevedon-Papakura Road, the nursery is open to the public on Friday mornings 9am till 12 noon. Pop in for advice or to volunteer. At the beginning of the planting season we invite residents to contact us to request buying plants for your own local projects.

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.

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.

A selection of plants will be available next autumn.


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. We can provide you with information on setting up your own home nursery and we may be able to help with other information to help your planting ambitions. Just ask.

We welcome volunteers. Come along and have a chat while helping us care for our native plants. Tasks include: propagating, potting, watering, weeding and tidying the nursery. Gain practical experience and learn new skills while making a positive contribution to Te Wairoa.

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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