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History of Centennial Park Bush Society
In 1976, council decided to clear some manuka scrubland to "tidy up" the park. Fortunately the late Professor John Morton and his wife Pat knew that this "scrub" was the beginnings of a new native forest and persuaded the council to stop clearing the bush. They set up the bush society and worked tirelessly for many years controlling invasive pest plants, creating tracks, planting native trees and advocating for the park. This work is continued today with weekly work days by an active committee.