Corner Park was planted from 1928 onwards and contains some of Douglas Cook’s earliest plantings, using mostly plant material bought from within New Zealand.

This was Douglas Cook’s first major effort on the development of his ‘Park’. He envisaged the gardens he might create after seeing the great gardens in Britain during his recuperation in England during the First World War.

The trees on the road edge about Corner Park were planted earlier in the 1920s, these included many plane trees and elm species, and extended from what is called The Circus right down the Hihiroroa Road to the end of the flat he called ‘Burnside’.