Selwyn Park was the first area on the slopes of the Purewa Valley to be restored. The work was started in 2002 by Roy Clements with help from Selwyn College grounds people and also students from the adjoining Refugee Education for Adults and Families Center (REAF).
The first and most difficult stage involved the clearing of about a hectare of tangled gorse, acmena, privet, pampas and other weeds. In spite of the exposed, inhospitable site the plantings there are now becoming well-established.
The area was almost solid weeds before work was started on Selwyn Park