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It was great to have so many people make the opening of Craigieburn and to see the interest that there was in this historic part of Dunedin. To be able to share that with the community has been a very unique and enjoyable opportunity. Piper Tony Beck gave a stirring welcome to visitors, playing from the milking room floor of the byre above Ross Creek. Normally, people are asked to cut ribbons… Read More

Open Day 10th December 2011 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Tanner Road The Dunedin Amenities Society will be holding an open day at the Craigieburn Reserve on the 10th of December 2011 starting at 10:00 am. The open day will be the official opening of the reserve by the mayor and the launch of the heritage interpretation trail developed on site for the Dunedin public. This is your chance to get the… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society have been involved in the development of public spaces and the provision of public art in Dunedin for over 100 years.  Two of the earliest  projects that the Society undertook was the development of “the triangle” now Queens Gardens and the Octagon in the 1890’s. Both projects were highly influential on the development of open space in the city and they continue to be crucial to the urban landscape today. Public sentiment in the early… Read More

There’s nothing like embracing your pioneer spirit, and the Otago Polytechnic horticulture students accepted the challenge and planted over 250 native plants at Craigieburn. With heavy showers and strong winds first thing this morning, the students hunkered down under the bush waiting for a break in the sky. Luckily that’s what happened and apart from some blustery winds the team were untroubled for the rest of the day. The planting is another major milestone… Read More

The Craigieburn Byre is an intriguing structure that has been an academic and physical challenge to interpret and restore. The scale of the stone armouring and stock race combined with the nature and layout of the internal building provide a tantalising insight into the nature of early farming practices in Dunedin. A recent visit to the site by Prof Norman Hammond and his wife Jean Wilson, was a rare opportunity for discussion about the nature of… Read More

Launch of the Alexander Bathgate Arbor Day Awards After devastating winds earlier this year destroyed many significant  trees in Woodhaugh Gardens the Dunedin Amenities Society, with the assistance of Les Cleveland, has donated $3,000 of native plants to help the Dunedin City Council restore the reserve which suffered extensive damage to its forest canopy from the gale force winds in May.  The clean-up from that damage is on-going.The Society will hold a public… Read More

Restoration work has progressed quickly over the last 3 weeks on the byre restoration in the central paddock at Craigieburn. After the initial clearance and excavation the strengthening and realignment of the structural stone walls is close to completion. The boxing for the renewal of the former dairy and milking shed floor will be ready by late this week in preparation for the pouring of a new section of concrete floor. The floor… Read More

The Craigieburn heritage project took another step forward last week with the completion of new track stairs by Delta contracting staff. The stairs have greatly improved a steep and dangerous area of the track from the old ruin into the rimu forest. Previously,  the area had been a very steep and slippery section that limited the ability of people to walk safely down into the rimu area. The stairs are part of the Craigieburn development project… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society have been writing and presenting submissions to the City Council since 1888. While many people may question the validity of the Annual Plan process, the Society have always actively sought to put its views on a variety of issues to the Council. The only thing that groups like the Society can expect from the Annual Plan process is a fair hearing, and we like others took our turn… Read More

Stage two of the Craigieburn heritage preservation project was started in earnest today as the preliminary clearance of the former cow byre was completed. The Society utilised the proven skills of Grant Webber from John Clearwater Contracting to use a rubber track digger and carefully remove the thick layer of soil and grass from the byre area. With a lot of patience and under the watchful eyes of Project Manager Paul Pope and archaeologist… Read More