This years International Year of Biodiversity couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dunedin Amenities Society as it celebrates 60 years of the purchase of Craigieburn.
Craigieburn is a regionally and arguably a nationally significant cultural landscape that intertwines the natural beauty of an untouched piece of mature rimu forest and the archaeological and historical records of colonial settlement and early conservation.
The open day will be held at Craigieburn on Sunday 17th October at 10:30 and will include a memorial tree planting from descendents of the Sherriff families. The Society would also like to commemorate the work of one of its great members, the late John Perry by asking his wife Virginia to plant a tree on the reserve in memory of his contribution to the reserve and to the Society. There will be an opportunity for visitors to plant a few more trees and to explore the reserve and discuss its values with members of the Society and the management committee. So bring your outdoor shoes, a jacket and your camera and come and explore one of Dunedin’s environmental and historical gems. Craigieburn Open Day Invitation
The Dunedin City Council Parks team have replaced the diseased beech tree that was removed at the main entrance to the park and protected the area with a new post and chain barrier. The Society thanks the DCC Parks team for sorting out an unsightly area that had become a muddy mire. While there is still work to be done in levelling the site and sowing new grass its great to see some positive progress.
The Otago Daily Times report on proposed options for filling in the reservoir at Ross Creek is a worrying situation that may have profound effects on this beautiful area of the city. Its importance as a significant conservation, recreation and heritage site cannot be undervalued and careful consideration must be given to its future. It appears that the cracks in the dam have left it in need of urgent repairs that must be undertaken in the next five years. While the importance of the safety of the structure is clearly paramount to downstream residents, the management of this issue is one that must take into account the retention of a scenic and recreational treasure. The Society will be taking an active interest in this issue as more information is made available from the City Council.
The Dunedin Amenities Society have grown increasingly concerned at the damage vehicles make to the edges of the forest that runs along Maori Road in the Town Belt. Some of the areas have become recreational drag strips that reduce the scenic qualities of the Town Belt. Scenic vandalism may “spin the wheels” of some elements in Dunedin City but the gradual erosion of the Town Belt edges devalues the reserve and negates the positive impacts the Town Belt provides for the city. To improve the Maori Road area, the Society suggests that redundant areas of space adjacent to the road be gradually restored with vegetation and landscape elements that provides a scenic drive that the city can take pride in.