Growing Graduates

Contribute to Wellington’s natural environment by taking part in our annual Growing Graduates tree planting day.

About the programme

The Growing Graduates programme aims to celebrate our new graduates and create a lasting connection between students, alumni, Victoria University of Wellington, and the city of Wellington.

Since 2013, our new graduates, current students and staff have been working with the Wellington City Council to plant more than 8,000 trees around Wellington’s Town Belt. The trees will be grown from seeds collected in the Wellington bush, and will be available for all Wellingtonians to access and enjoy.


Funded by the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, in partnership with Wellington City Council, the programme supports the Council in its Two Million Trees project.

Symbolic significance

The growing trees are symbolic of our graduates' educational journeys. Just as graduates will contribute to society through the skills they have developed, the trees will enhance the Wellington landscape and contribute to environmental wellbeing.