King Edward Park gets national recognition

King Edward Park gets national recognition

Thursday, January 17, 2019

South Taranaki’s premiere park, King Edward Park in Hāwera, has been awarded another star by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

Summing up the Park’s assessment, New Zealand Gardens Trust Chair Kerei Thompson described the park as an outstanding example of a public park space with well-considered, healthy, innovative and inspiring plantings and well integrated features such as the playground and Oriental garden.

"The maintenance of the park is exceptional and there is plenty of interest with lots of pathway options and seating areas to rest and relax in."

He said the whole space felt well-loved and was a delight to be in.

Mayor Ross Dunlop says that it’s great news.

"It’s totally deserved," he says. "I get lots of compliments from the community telling me how fabulous the park is. It’s a special place that is loved by those looking after it. Credit needs to go to all of the Council staff who create that atmosphere."

Now a 5 star garden, King Edward Park joins 60 other similarly ranked gardens nation-wide, including the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Botanical gardens. King Edward Park also joins 9 other Taranaki 5 star gardens including; Pukeiti, Hollard Gardens and Pukekura - Brooklands Park in cementing the region’s leading place in the New Zealand Garden Tourist trail.

The Park’s new 5 star rating comes just a month after its achieving a Green Flag Award, an internationally recognised mark of a quality park or green space.