An artist's impression of what Miller Rd on the approach to
Dunedin International Airport would look like in several
years. Image supplied.
The approach to Dunedin International Airport is about to
become prettier, with new landscaping on Miller Rd.
The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust, in conjunction with the
Dunedin International Airport and New Zealand Transport
Agency, is to expand the planting already seen on Airport Rd.
Planting is expected to begin in May/June, the best time of
year for planting rhododendrons.
Rhododendron trust trustee Warwick Grimmer said the project
was the latest of many the trust had undertaken around
Dunedin since it was established in 2000.
In 14 years the trust had raised funds to plant 16,000
rhododendrons in the city, making Dunedin a rightful
contender for rhododendron capital of New Zealand, Mr Grimmer
Rhododendrons had been planted both in the city and in
outlying areas such as Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Roseneath,
Sawyers Bay, Waitati and Waikouaiti.
Recently, many had been planted alongside the new work on the
Mick Field, a former Dunedin City Council parks and reserves
manager, designed plantings for the trust, which was assisted
by the Dunedin City Council's Taskforce Green team with the
planting and ongoing maintenance of beds, Mr Grimmer said.
Mr Grimmer is one of three trustees with Sir Eion Edgar and