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It was pleasing for the Dunedin Amenities Society to see the recent enforcement action taken by the Otago Regional Council on private properties with infestations of Old Man’s Beard in Dunedin. This work is well beyond due from the Otago Regional Council as it grapples with the enforcement and implementation of its Pest Management Strategy. In 2008 the Society mapped 180 sites of this weed on private properties adjacent to the Town Belt Reserve… 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

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