The Churton Park Revegetation Group is sponsored by the Churton Park Community Association, and supported by both Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
The Group was established in 2004 with the aim of "Restoring Churton Park's natural waterways and bush clad corridors"
Work commenced with the ecological restoration of a high profile area of Churton Park. Wingfield Reserve runs parallel to Middleton Road north from Wingfield Place for about 400 metres, and is very visible from Middleton Road, which is a main access route.
The image above shows the site information sign at the south end of the site, on Middleton Road
The reserve contains one of the upper tributaries of the Porirua Stream. Before work started the reserve and stream were not visible as they were hidden beneath a thick canopy of willow trees and choked with blackberry.The reserve has been radically transformed from a weedy, overgrown and inaccessible eyesore to a healthy, accessible bush fringed waterway for people to enjoy.
Over 12000 native plants have been planted, which also included help from the community, business groups and service clubs.
After moving away from active work in this reserve in 2013, blackberry has become reestablished near the stream in some locations. However as a new initiative some has now been cleared and replanted with more suitable species.
The focus of activity then moved to Lakewood Reserve which is the "Green Heart of Churton Park"
In this reserve planting has been in several discrete areas to reinforce the planting work carried out by WCC. This includes both sides of the valley as well as the stream banks and reinforcing existing stands of bush. In well established areas emergent trees have been planted which we hope will eventually come to maturity.