Otago Polytechnic horticulture students take a break from planting at Craigieburn. Students have been planting here
for 19 years. Photo by Dan Hutchinson
A major reforestation project at Craigieburn in Leith Valley
is nearing an end.
Students from the Otago Polytechnic horticulture course have
been working with the Dunedin Amenities Society and the
Dunedin City Council to restore the historic site, in Tanner
Rd, for the past 19 years.
Society project manager Paul Pope said Craigieburn was ''a
case study in colonial conservation'' made possible by the
foresight of its owner, Elizabeth Tanner, in the early 1880s.
A ban on tree clearance was made on the site then, preserving
mature trees and bush, including some rimu trees that are up
to 650 years old.
During the past 19 years, students had planted between 2500
and 3000 native trees at Craigieburn and that had made a
''major contribution to the biodiversity of the area'' Mr
Only one more year of the project is planned, with students
planting another 600 small trees last week.
The area has tracks running through it and has been connected
to the Ross Creek tracks. It includes several historic
structures, including the remnants of a cow byre.