Environment and Animal Protection

Mahoe Reserve

Our vision is to restore Mahoe Reserve to a healthy indigenous ecosystem, highly valued by the community.

The project started in 2002 by year 9 students at Lincoln High School. In 2003, planting began and since then, dedicated community members, including schools, kindergartens and other local groups have planted more than 7000 native trees, shrubs and grasses. The Reserve is managed by the Mahoe Management Committee which has members from the local community and is overseen by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. The committee administers the funding provided by the Selwyn District Council which goes towards the upkeep of the Reserve, raises money for plants, and organises monthly working bees for planting, weeding and mulching. We have Lincoln University and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research ecologists as advisors. We have many volunteers from the local community as well as Lincoln University and Lincoln High School students. We also have a number of volunteers who come from overseas and help us while they are in New Zealand.

Main activities and services

Monthly working bees are held on the first Sunday of every month from 2pm. All welcome to come along and help us in the restoration and maintenance of the reserve. Please wear suitable shoes, bring spades, garden gloves, sunglasses or other eye protection, also a bucket for mulch, if you can.