Churchill Park Ngahere Enhancement

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About Churchill Park

Churchill Park is a large public reserve in Glendowie.

It is home to open grassed areas, native vegetation and several groups of 80-100 year old pine trees.

Buildings in the park include a:

  • playcentre
  • guide hall
  • scout halls
  • tennis club
  • bowling club.

The park is used for a range of activities including:

  • recreation
  • grazing cattle
  • off-leash dog walking
  • walking tracks.

What we are proposing

We would like to improve the urban ngahere (forest) cover at Churchill Park.

First, we are proposing to remove five groups of mature Monterey pine (pinus radiata) trees. This will happen over a three to five year period.

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Map of Churchill park showing five areas where pine trees may be removed.


Many of these pines have reached the end of their expected life span, with a number of them dying or falling each year.

The management of the pines is becoming increasingly difficult, and the situation presents a unique opportunity to transition the pine stands to a mixture of native and exotic trees.

The current replanting activities under the pines are limited due to the risk of trees falling on the planting areas. However, if the pines were removed, extensive planting of both native and exotic plants could be safely undertaken. This would provide a number of environmental benefits to the park and local neighbourhood.

At the same time, we will remove weeds and pests from the area.

We will also build new fences to ensure cattle are kept in the right place.

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What we want your feedback on

We want to know your feedback on the proposal to remove the aged pine trees and plant new native and exotic trees in Churchill Park.

We would also like to know:

  • your feedback on the timing of the removals
  • what you think of the concept planting plan
  • whether you would like to be involved in community planting days on the park.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 9am on 9 May until 5pm on 3 June 2022.

How you can have your say

  • Complete the online survey below
  • Pick up a hard copy of the survey at the St Heliers Library.
  • Attend our online information session on Tuesday 17 May from 2pm to 3pm. Register here.

What happens next

After we review your feedback, we will present it to Ōrākei Local Board in mid-2022.

We will then decide whether to proceed with this project.

If we do go ahead with this proposal, we will confirm a plan and apply for resource consent.

We will then make a summary of your feedback and our response available on this website.

About Churchill Park

Churchill Park is a large public reserve in Glendowie.

It is home to open grassed areas, native vegetation and several groups of 80-100 year old pine trees.

Buildings in the park include a:

  • playcentre
  • guide hall
  • scout halls
  • tennis club
  • bowling club.

The park is used for a range of activities including:

  • recreation
  • grazing cattle
  • off-leash dog walking
  • walking tracks.

What we are proposing

We would like to improve the urban ngahere (forest) cover at Churchill Park.

First, we are proposing to remove five groups of mature Monterey pine (pinus radiata) trees. This will happen over a three to five year period.

[figure-1]

Map of Churchill park showing five areas where pine trees may be removed.


Many of these pines have reached the end of their expected life span, with a number of them dying or falling each year.

The management of the pines is becoming increasingly difficult, and the situation presents a unique opportunity to transition the pine stands to a mixture of native and exotic trees.

The current replanting activities under the pines are limited due to the risk of trees falling on the planting areas. However, if the pines were removed, extensive planting of both native and exotic plants could be safely undertaken. This would provide a number of environmental benefits to the park and local neighbourhood.

At the same time, we will remove weeds and pests from the area.

We will also build new fences to ensure cattle are kept in the right place.

[figure-2]



What we want your feedback on

We want to know your feedback on the proposal to remove the aged pine trees and plant new native and exotic trees in Churchill Park.

We would also like to know:

  • your feedback on the timing of the removals
  • what you think of the concept planting plan
  • whether you would like to be involved in community planting days on the park.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 9am on 9 May until 5pm on 3 June 2022.

How you can have your say

  • Complete the online survey below
  • Pick up a hard copy of the survey at the St Heliers Library.
  • Attend our online information session on Tuesday 17 May from 2pm to 3pm. Register here.

What happens next

After we review your feedback, we will present it to Ōrākei Local Board in mid-2022.

We will then decide whether to proceed with this project.

If we do go ahead with this proposal, we will confirm a plan and apply for resource consent.

We will then make a summary of your feedback and our response available on this website.

Page last updated: 18 May 2022, 08:18 AM