Craigieburn – Sixty Years On

Work has begun on the Craigieburn Reserve in Tanner Road to clear gorse and other noxious plants in preparation for planting of native plants in October. The clearance work recently undertaken by contractors and Taskforce Green has removed gorse that in some places was between 30-40 years old. The clearance and replanting is part of the Dunedin Amenities Society and City Council’s joint reserve restoration project that was finalised earlier this year. This new stage of the reserve restoration is a continuation of a 60 year partnership between the Society and the Council. The partnership will be celebrated publicly in October as part of the International Year of Biodiversity.

The Craigieburn property was purchased jointly by the Dunedin Amenities Society and the City Council in 1950 from the Sherriff family who had farmed the area since the early 1860’s. The Sherriff family placed their own moratorium on the mature rimu and other native trees growing on the site in the 1880’s. Private protection by colonial settlers in the nineteenth century was rare and by doing so the Sherriff family have created an important conservation legacy for the City.The restoration project includes construction of a new walking track to link the area with Ross Creek, protection of heritage features of historical significance, onsite interpretation and the development of a website for education and information. It is envisaged that the physical and offsite parts of the project will take 12-18 months to complete and restoration planting with native species between 2-3 years.  Once completed the reserve will offer panoramic views of the city and the Leith Valley and will create an important recreational and ecological link to the Leith valley and Ross Creek areas.


2 thoughts on “Craigieburn – Sixty Years On

  1. Local church housegroup which includes a plant ecologist from Landcare, keen to help with replanting or other work in Craigiburn Reserve.


    Phil Marshall
    474 3348 work
    467 9511 home.

    • Hi Phil
      Nice to hear from you and your organisation. This year is the 60th Anniversary of the purchase of the Craigieburn land and there will be an open day held in early October to celebrate that event. This year is also International Year of Biodiversity and the Society and Council have added the Craigieburn project to this years events. Part of the celebrations will be planting which your members would be welcome to attend. I am to firm up date for this and will pass on my invitation to you and your members to attend. Part of the project is to gather more data on the forest block and its impact on the wider area, so there is considerable scope to have your organisation’s involvement.

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