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The Dunedin Amenities Society are to begin the first stage of their heritage restoration project at Craigieburn tomorrow morning. Stage One of the project is the stabilisation of the oldest structure on the property a stone building above the main rimu stand on the public track. The building ruin was probably built in 1860 and is possibly the earliest structure on the site. The Society applied for and received an archaeological authority for the preservation… Read More

Last year the Society made the decision to clear the gorse off the bank area below the western paddock down to Tanner Road. This was a key part of the restoration project and one that was much-needed for the reserve and the local area. It was a big job and we discovered gorse that was over 50 years old. We had contractors come in and cut the material down and the City Council’s… Read More

Robin Hood Park in the Town Belt has been a traditional area for viewing the City since 1954, and was known as the “Queens View”. The area has become overgrown and the seats vandalised and the Society would like to see the area restored to its former glory. Discussions between the Society and the Dunedin City Council will be ongoing in 2011 to see what can be done to repair the site.

Recently the Society have been wondering what age the 52 mature rimu trees are at Craigieburn. It’s a very common question asked by visitors to the site and one that is difficult to answer with any real certainty. Recently as part of the project the trees were mapped with GPS technology to enable mapping of the physical changes to the vegetation brought about by colonial occupation. While undertaking the mapping project the girth… Read More

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

It was great to see the article in this weeks Star highlighting the open day at Craigieburn. Many thanks to those who provided feedback on the open day. The Society looks forward to keeping up the momentum of the project so that the area continues to be part of Dunedin’s must see sites. The Star Article

Students from the Otago Polytechnic Horticulture course visited Craigieburn with their tutor Lisa Burton yesterday. The Otago Polytechnic has had a long term relationship with the reserve and began planting native trees on the reserve in 1995. With totara, miro and matai now reaching 3-5 metres in height it was great to show the present students the work that their peers have undertaken over the last 15 years. What started out as a… 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

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 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