Fungi are fantastic growths that seem to magically appear on the ground, in bushland and on trees throughout autumn. But did you know that without fungi, life on earth as we know it would not exist? There are some 3million species of fungi and they are essential in all ecosystems.

Pam Catcheside, an Honorary Research Assistant at the State Herbarium, will be discussing the variety of fungi, their ecology and explain why they are so important, with a presentation at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre. Pam will also summarise how to identify the larger fungi and show some examples of species found in the Adelaide Hills.

Fungi are beautiful and mysterious, some are poisonous while others are delicious! Yet most of us know very little about these amazing species, some so tiny that you need a microscope to see them.

If you want to find out more about fungi, you need to book with the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive Norton Summit, by phone 8390 1891 or email to valhunt@ahnrc.org. Pam’s presentation “Fungi – their variety, ecology, importance and identification” will be held on Thursday May 30th, starting at 7pm. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light supper.


The Quiet Green Achievers Awards will be presented at a public event with a light lunch at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre to celebrate World Environment Day. The awards celebrate the people in the community whose actions support the environmental health of the region. People who do this without seeking compensation or recognition.

In the past 38 people over 6 years have been awarded awards for a an amazing range of activities such as land care, supporting sustainability, school related projects, creating habitat for wildlife – and other wonderful work with the environment.

Come along and see the depth of commitment and passion for the environment demonstrated by our 2019 Quiet Green Achievers!

Please RSVP to valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891 by Thursday 30 May 2019.

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For all you keen native gardeners, you will be interested to know that the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre is hosting a sale run by the Kersbrook Landcare Group. People who have been to their nursery know the work that Yvonne and her volunteers put into establishing and caring for their tubestock. Most plants are $2.50 or less when buying in bulk and it will be the best value for money that you will ever spend! For more information and a stock list go to the Kersbrook Landcare Group’s website or ring Yvonne on 0430018007.

The location is at The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Saturday 8th June 2019 between 10 am – 12 pm.


You all know that native plants can be hardy and are best suited to the Australian climate. But how often are they blamed for being woody or leggy and not having many flowers?

Many people believe that natives can care for themselves like they do in the bush. But most native plants will benefit from a simple pruning to ensure they retain a good shape and increase the number of flowers they produce. Selecting the right location with the right soil will also impact on growing healthy, happy plants.

To help you to successfully grow native plants, Trees For Life is holding a FREE practical workshop and “pop-up” native plant sale on Wednesday May 22nd from 10am – 11.30am. “Showing Native Gardens at Their Best” will be presented by horticulturist Jenny Deans and is supported by SA Water.

The workshop is co-hosted by Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre and The Summit Community Centre and will be held at 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. Bookings are essential as places are limited, so phone 8406 0500 or email info@treesforlife.org.au

For more information go to this flyer


Over the past 6 years, 38 people have received the Quiet Green Achiever Award from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) and we are calling for your new nominations for 2019.

The award celebrates the people in the community whose actions support the environmental health of the region. People who do this without seeking compensation or recognition. Do you know someone who has selflessly given their time, lives sustainably, shares their skills or inspires others to lead a greener lifestyle?


Winners of the Quiet Green Achievers Award, 2018

The nominee can be involved in land care, a community garden, a school kitchen garden, perhaps created habitat for wildlife in their own backyard, inspires others to live sustainably – or any other similar activity that you consider worthwhile.

Entries close on Thursday 2 May 2019.

For further information see:   QUIET GREEN ACHIEVER AWARD 2019