Many hands made light work at a community planting day along the Ashburton River trail on Sunday.
Around 100 people of all ages came armed with sturdy footwear, gloves and shovels and were happy to lend a hand with planting 500 natives.
Facilitated by the Ashburton Water Zone Committee, the planting day was held around 500m from the start of the river trail at the Tinwald Bridge end.
Natives planted included kowhai, pittosporum, totara, lace barks, ribbonwoods and flax.
Supporting the event were staff from Environment Canterbury, members of the water zone committee, Ashburton councillors and mayor Donna Favel and Ashburton Rotary Club members.
Ashburton Water Zone Committee member Ben Curry said the public response had been very impressive.
After some initial confusion and a change of planting site, the natives had been planted in something like 40 minutes and some members of the public had even arrived early to help.
Mr Curry said the turn out showed that people cared about their environment and were prepared to help keep it beautiful.
The community afternoon was also about hearing community ideas for improving the recreational amenity of the district.
Feedback provided would be considered by the zone committee as it looked to the future, he said.