Join a group

There is a growing number of community pest-plant groups in Wellington. Not all deal with Old Man's Beard though.  See below for those that do. (Want to add your group to the page? Contact us)

If there's nothing suitable among the groups below, consider starting your own group, or going out on your own.   

Coolidge Street Restoration Group

Creating an inner-city forest from an old tip site, a 3-acre block, running up from the Prince of Wales Park in Brooklyn. The trees planted since 2005 are now 5 to 6 metres high and bird life is flourishing.

Ed's Wood

We are a group of mostly frustrated public servants who have given up trying to change the world and instead taking it one day (and one native tree) at a time. We operate at the Finnimore Terrace entrance to McAlister Park, clearing weeds, planting natives and trapping. 

Friends of Central Park

Central Park volunteers meet every month to remove invasive weeds, plant mainly natives and enjoy Morning Tea together! 

A trapping team makes the park a safer place for birds as well.

Glenside Progressive Association Inc.

We detect and treat occurrences of Old Man’s Beard on Council and private land between Glenside and Takapu, Tawa.

We also do streamcare and restoration planting throughout the Glenside suburb. Our Heritage Garden at the historic Halfway House is a certified butterfly habitat with Moths & Butterflies of NZ Trust.

Mt Victoria Bush Regeneration Group

We are a group of locals who look after a patch of regenerating bush on the northern slope of Mt Victoria in the Town Belt. We aim to restore a Wellington native ecosystem. 

Old Man's Beard Must Go! Aro Valley 

Regular outings around Aro Valley, working on public and private land. Good level of fitness required. 

Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust

Supporting Council management through weeding, restoration planting and informing visitors about our unique native flora via weekend hosts at Ōtari Visitor Centre, monthly guided walks and seminars every Tuesday evening in March.

Paekawakawa Reserve

Paekawakawa Reserve is an area of community land in Island Bay that is being developed as a bush and bird reserve. Paekawakawa Reserve is a 1.4 ha (3.5 acre) area of land which forms part of the prominent ridge in Island Bay and takes its name — meaning the place of many Kawakawa — from the Māori name for the local area.

Polhill Protectors Weeding

To ensure our native manu have the best chance of establishing successful breeding populations within Polhill Reserve, we must put in the mahi to stop the spread of harmful exotic weeds.

Tanera Gully Restoration Project

Restoring Tanera Park and Gully to its pre-1840 flora and fauna as much as possible with weeding, planting, releasing and trapping.

Te Ahumairangi Ecological Restoration

Weed team working on public land adjacent to Wadestown, Tinakori, Northland and Wilton. Good level of fitness required. 

Te Raekaihau Restoration Group

In response to calls from our creek, our trees, the moana, birds and bees to relieve them of the constant burden of exploitation, we have created a long term vision, many generations in the future, to revive and restore the natural biosphere of the Haewai / Houghton Valley area. 

Trelissick Park Group

Over the last 30 years our volunteers and visiting groups have been restoring the beautiful valley between Ngaio and Wadestown to a native bush wilderness. We welcome new volunteers to join our work.

Further afield

Groups beyond Wellington doing great work

Upper Hutt BOMB (Busters of Old Man's Beard)

UH BOMB volunteers work on forested land regardless of who owns it (with permission of course). The forests most vulnerable to OMB invasion tend to be young, regenerating bush. Upper Hutt has a lot of that sort of forest.