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Contractors from Asplundh removed several trees from the old building ruin on the walking track at Craigieburn Reserve this morning. The trees were growing through the stone walls of the earliest building on the historic site and needed removing to allow for much-needed preservation works to begin. While it was sad to see the removal of these specimens from the site it is critical for the long-term preservation and care of this fascinating… Read More

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

The people pictured in the car  didn’t throw the rubbish out of the window, but have a look at how close the brand new bin is beside the parking area. Was it too much to walk over and put the remains of the Colonel’s secret herbs and spices into the bin? Littering like this makes our city look awful and casts a blight on our reputation as a clean green place to… Read More

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

New map and interpretative guide for the open day at 10:30 am, Tanner Road. Craigieburn Map Interpretative Map

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 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!