More than 80 volunteers planted 1300 native plants behind Te Awanga at yesterday's Clifton County Cricket Club and Cape to City community planting day.

The planting marked the first collaboration between the cricket club and the Cape to City project, an initiative to see native species "thrive where we live, work and play".

Volunteers from the Club, the Cape to City project, the Haumoana school and EIT spent two hours planting flaxes, kowhai and other species throughout the property.

Matt Nilsson, who has been leasing the farm for the past decade, said he and his family have seen big changes since the community plantings began.


"We now have pateke nesting here, and we're starting to see some of the same species of birds that live up in the Cape Sanctuary. The birdlife is slowly but surely coming back," he said.

The cricket club received assistance from the Department of Conservation Community Fund for the event. The final club planting is slated to take place next year.