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For more than 50 years the name Craigieburn has been known only by a few people in Dunedin. Most people passing through the main forest track from Ross Creek to Tanner and Wakari Roads probably thought that this unique heritage area was part of Ross Creek and never gave the name a thought. Today though the name has been put back into Dunedin’s  heritage, environmental and recreational lexicon with the placement of few… Read More

The tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful birds, and its impressive repertoire of guttural clicks and notes announces its presence in many Dunedin  neighbourhoods. Just having a tui visit your garden in Dunedin is a unique privilege, and being able to watch their boisterous behaviour and enjoy the iridescence of their dark plumage is a real joy. Many people who have established gardens in the city have created unique feeding opportunities by planting native… Read More

Members of the A Rocha (Portuguese for the rock) environmental group  put in the hard yards at Craigieburn on Saturday and planted nearly 250 native trees. The group toiled hard on a warm morning to get the job done. This was the second visit by the group to Craigieburn and their hard work is appreciated as the Society’s cultural and ecological restoration of Craigieburn continues. The new planting adds to the work undertaken by the Otago Polytechnic… Read More

It’s hard to believe that it’s over 60 years since the Society purchased Craigieburn, and even more amazing that the site continues to grow and mature both in understanding and in the depth of its vegetation. This week the Dunedin Amenities Society will undertake native tree planting at Craigieburn in Tanner Road on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of September from 10:00am. This latest tree planting is the Society’s 62nd year of… Read More

The day was grey and cool for the Society’s tree planting programme at Woodhaugh Gardens on July 23rd, but it certainly didn’t dampen people’s spirit. Over 50 people brought their favourite spade and donned their gumboots to plant trees at Woodhaugh with the Society. Specimen Kahikatea, Totara and Rimu trees were planted by Sir Alan Mark, Les Cleveland and members of the Calvert family, while a further 500 native restoration species were planted in two areas of the reserve by… 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

Image via Wikipedia The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote ” the surest sign that two people no longer speak the same language is that both say ironic things to one another but that neither senses the irony.“ If Nietzsche had been attending the Otago Regional Council Annual Plan hearings last week he would have seen how prophetic his words really were. The Society submitted that the Council’s failure to enforce the provisions of the… 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

Phase two of the restoration of the old building at Craigieburn was completed successfully this morning. The removal of several large trees was undertaken from around the stone structure yesterday, and a large broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis) stump was removed from the western corner of the structure this morning. Grant Webber from John Clearwater Contracting has had experience on operating in archaeological areas before and he showed a deft touch with the digger… Read More