Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 3 March 2019, so it’s time to check out rubbish hotspots in your neighbourhood and challenge your friends and family to make 2019 the year when change starts with you.
Participating in this event is the perfect opportunity to join with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to remove all the rubbish accumulating in your area before it kills our wildlife.
Please meet at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre by 9.30 am to register before starting to be covered for accident or injury. You will be provided with bags, sharps containers and a high viz vest. BYO hat, gloves, water and snacks. Children must be supervised by an adult.
FROM LEFT: Lois and Dave Addison, Peter Geers, Annie Holland, Val Hunt, Liz Milner, Sean Wessex-Brown.
The residents of Uraidla Retirement Village can start planting their summer vegies after two wicking beds were recently installed.
“Many of the residents have moved from large properties where they grew most of their own fruit and vegetables. They miss being self-sufficient, the taste of home grown vegies and getting their hands in the soil”, said Val Hunt, Coordinator of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre.
Val successfully applied for a grant from the Department of Ageing to cover the cost of building the wicking beds and materials needed to complete them.
It was a real community project involving many people: Spring Gully donated the IBC containers that are used to line the beds and the Red Shed at Uraidla made the wooden surrounds. The construction and placement was overseen by Peter Geers, with Lois and Dave Addison organising the plant selection after consulting with other residents.
The beds were filled with quartz and garden soil, with the heavy lifting done by a group of volunteers from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre – Liz Milner, Ann Holland, Seán Wessex- Brown along with Peter Geers and Val Hunt.
Wicking beds are ideal for all home gardens – they can be raised to a level that reduces bending and the system of watering from underneath reduces evaporation and places the water where it is needed most, at the root of the plants.
You are invited to meet Neville Bonney, author of “Knowing,growing, eating edible wild native plants.”
He can answer questions such as
- Which native food plants can you grown in the hills?
- What conditions are needed to grow healthy plants?
- How do you cook them?
- Find out about greens and herbs, fruits, nuts, condiments and fermentation use.
Neville has had a lifetime of growing native plants in a variety of conditions. He is the author of many books and the latest “Growing acacias for food and conservation” will be available for sale on the day along with a selection of food plants. There will be tastings of native foods during the day, including biscuits, Pavlovas and chocolates.
When? Sunday, November 11, 10 am – 2 pm
Where? Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. PLACES ARE LIMITED.
For bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org .The cost is $15.00 per person (pre pay when confirmed)
BYO Lunch – Wattleseed Pavlova will be provided for desert!
IDEAS AND INSPIRATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS
Be inspired to add a few sustainable ideas to your Christmas this year and enjoy getting creative with the whole family. Learn new ways to create your own gift wrap, decorations and Christmas gifts.
When: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Time: 10-30 am – 11.30 am
Where: The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit
Age: 5-10 years
Cost: $5 per family
T: 8390 0457
If you are thinking of building a sustainable home, you must have plenty of questions to ask. Andrew Davidson, Chairman of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) and Property Development Consultant will share his own personal experience and professional advice so you can enjoy creating or altering your own home.
He will cover topics such as site selection, orientation, room layout, life without air conditioning or flushing loos, submitting plans, contracts, insulation, micro-hydro, garden zones, accessibility and composting toilets.
This event will be on Tuesday 18 September between 7 pm and 9 pm at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit