Media release

ORC acknowledges conservationist’s lifelong dedication to the environment

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Alexandra conservationist Jolyon Manning’s lifelong passion for, and dedication to, conservation in Otago has been recognised by ORC.

Mr Manning has spent more than five decades as a champion of conservation, biodiversity, and ecological protection. In 1961 he and his wife Enny created Jolendale Park, NZ’s first covenanted semi-arid exotic woodland reserve on six hectares of parkland on top of Alexandra’s Bridge Hill.

Permanently protected in 2004 by the QEII National Trust, Jolendale is home to a wide variety of exotic and native trees and plants, including carefully nurtured remnant native sedges and hardy shrubs, some of which are rare.

In recent years, it has been in the care of a charitable trust after the Mannings gifted the park to the community.

It is rich in specimen trees – from many parts of the world – including snow gums, cedars, nut pines, colourful crabapples, and many more.

“With its schist outcrops, steep bluffs, sculpted walkways, historical gold mining, and the still water of the Aronui reservoir, Jolendale Park conveys a contemplative and inspiring landscape experience for those who visit,” ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead said.

“Jolendale is a beautiful example of how planted areas made available for people to relax or stroll through adds value for the whole community,” Mr Woodhead said.

“This is a model that could be followed by urban and rural landowners, as well as developers planning subdivisions,” he said.

ORC councillors and executive staff held the regular council meeting in Alexandra last week, and held a ceremony at Jolendale honouring the Mannings.

“The Otago Regional Council thanks Jolyon and Enny for their selfless work as stewards of the Otago environment and on behalf of the people of the region, we extend our gratitude,” Mr Woodhead said.

Mr Woodhead presented Mr Manning with a framed certificate and citation acknowledging his passionate advocacy for the environment.

Mr Manning was chief executive of the former Otago Council, and has served in governance roles on many regional and national organisations including the NZ Forestry Council, the NZ National Parks Centennial Commission, the Otago National Parks Centennial Commission, the NZ Tourism Council, Dunedin City Council, and Otago Polytechnic.

Mr Woodhead said Mr Manning had been an assiduous and prolific submitter and contributor to ORC planning processes over many years and council welcomed the thoughtful and constructive nature of his submissions.

Caption for attached photo: Enny and Jolyon Manning display the certificate of appreciation and citation presented to Mr Manning by ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead at Jolendale Park last week as Mr Woodhead looks on.

Jolyon and Enny Manning

For more information contact

Stephen Woodhead
Ph 027 280 1635