It was a pleasant surprise to see that the Dunedin City council had planted new beech trees on the bank above the Domain last week. The new plantings have really added to the landscaping of the area and in the future they will provide shade, bird roosting and a strong visual impact on the reserve. The bank above the sports-ground has always been a wet area and hopefully the trees will help to soak up some of that moisture. Great to see the City Council proactively planting new trees on its reserve areas, they will really add to our local recreation area. Well done.
It dawned cool, crisp and clear in Portobello today with a solid frost on the windscreen of the car to remind us that winter still bites. Portobello School have been studying volcanoes and were taking the short climb to the top of Harbour Cone (Hereweka). The cone is a remnant of the volcano that exploded 10-13 million years ago and created the Otago Harbour. After a short steep climb the spectacular views across the Peninsula and harbour are worth the effort, and the whole area was bathed in bright sunshine. Enjoy the pictures by clicking on them for the viewer.
Bring your spade and your energy and help the Save the Otago Peninsula group at a working bee planting native trees and removing broom to help restore the Harbour Cone native forest. This is a great opportunity to visit one of the Otago Peninsula’s great landmarks and for you to make your mark on an important restoration project.
Friday 5th July 10am – 2pm and Saturday 6th July 10am – 2pm.
Meet at Highcliff Road – 300m on the Portobello side of the junction of Highcliff Rd and Sandymount Road. Bring your work gloves, a spade, grubber loppers or a pruning saw along with a drink and something to eat. You’ll need suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for steep and muddy slopes. Energy and enthusiasm a must!
To be able to confirm numbers on the day you can contact Moira Parker at;
Telephone: (03) 4780 214