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The Dunedin Amenities Society has always recognised the importance and prestige for Dunedin in having an internationally acclaimed botanic gardens in our City. The Gardens and its staff  provide a standard of  excellence in Dunedin that is not found in many cities around the world. Importantly the gardens provides industry training that develops new generations of horticulturists and plant collection managers through the apprentices who study and train within its grounds. Sadly, that international recognition and reputation is neither valued or recognised  by the majority of Dunedin’s… Read More

Here are a few pictures from the open day yesterday. Thanks Lyn. Planting the bush edge in the new paddock is a great new start to this part of the reserve. Open Day attendees planted 150 trees to begin the new area of the project. Despite some tough ground the job was done well. Robin Hyndman does the business colonial style!  Paul Coffey (right) grapples with colonial life!  The Open Day was a great… Read More

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… Read More

The removal of the beech was unfortunate and has made this area unsightly. The repair will improve the area considerably.

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… Read More

The Society has for the last two years continued to lobby the Dunedin City Council over the illegal use  of the Town Belt as a parking area. The Society have stressed to the Council their obligations under the Reserves Act 1977 to ensure the protection of the Town Belt as an important landscape and ecological area. The Otago Daily Times has reported that enforcement will be undertaken to ensure that this blight on… Read More

Its been 60 years since the Dunedin Ameities Society brought Craigieburn and in the International Year of Biodiversity we have something to celebrate!

In Dunedin we undersell our landscape and heritage assets that devalues the experience of visiting these areas. Paul Pope addressed the Amenities Society and discussed the need to improve and invest in or landscape for positive community and
economic growth.

After a year of waiting the society finally received information from the Otago Regional Council on their programme of works for this problem in the City. While the programme seeks compliance the Society will keep a weather eye on this issue and the performance of the Council. PDF copy of OMB Blocks – Dunedin Old Mans Beard Programme Take our poll and help the Dunedin Amenities Society eradicate this pest from our… Read More

The Society has completed the mapping of the Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba) vine in the areas adjacent  to the Town Belt. What it has found is disturbing with nearly 200 sites in and around the Belt. Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba) is a significant threat to the health of the Town Belt and its forest composition. Its prolific seed production make it a very serious pest plant and one thats needs eradication from… Read More