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
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
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… 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