Since its official opening in 1949, by Deputy Prime Minister Walter Nash, Percy Scenic Reserve was operated by the Petone Borough Council until the operation was inherited by the Hutt City Council, following local government amalgamation, in 1989.
Make sure you visit the reserve to mark its birthday, you can even see the recently refurbished waterwheel, commemorating the original mill.
Joseph Hewlett Percy and his son, Joseph Percy, arrived in Petone in 1842 and built and ran the flour mill on the Percy property. They were also involved in a lot of early construction which was pivotal in the Hutt Valley’s development.
Joseph Juniors sons, Arthur, William and Walter, developed the property into beautiful, scenic gardens and filled them with a range of native NZ plants which they preserved, experimented with and propagated.
The Percy Gardens were acquired by the crown in 1939 after the passing of Arthur Percy.
There will be a series of events celebrating the different aspects of the reserve later in the year – make sure you look out for them in Spring!