Kersbrook Landcare celebrates new publication!

Focus on Flora, Native Plants of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa is a response to a need expressed by lovers of native bushland for more information about what they see when they walk in the North Adelaide Hills.

Kersbrook Landcare Group spent seven years compiling the book, which depicts 280 local plant species, with full colour photographs.

It is a key guide, a soft cover book which is easy to carry and consult on walks . “Focus on Flora” also includes clear descriptions of each plant and will be extremely useful for the beginner or anyone with a knowledge of native plants.

Chapters include: Ground Dwellers, Creepers and Twiners, Small, Medium and Large Shrubs, Trees and Water Lovers over 313 pages.

There is a glossary, index, maps and other electronic and hard copy resources.

The book is now available and we have copies for sale at $39.95.

You can purchase a copy of the book from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, Tuesday to Thursday between 9am and 3pm.

If you would like a copy posted to you, please add $13.00 to cover postage and packing. Cheques can be made out to Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre.

Alternatively, you can pay direct to our Bank SA account no 036349940 BSB 105 – 141.

Please include your name and address for posting, total cost is $52.95.

Please note that we do not have any credit facilities.

2017 Quiet Green Achievers hit environmental benchmarks

3 wonderful people were presented with Quiet Green Achiever awards on Saturday July 1st. They were each nominated for their outstanding contribution to the environment. The winners were:

Jon Radford initiated a tree-planting scheme that has benefits for Hills landholders who have lost their ancient, giant isolated trees. The plantings had a survival rate of 80%, thanks to Jon’s organisational skills. Birds, bats and soil organisms are the real beneficiaries of his work.

 

L-R Andrew Davidson (AHNRC Chairperson), Jon Radford

Henry Short purchased a farm at Mantung in the Northern Mallee to experiment with organics and stop the use of super phosphate by mowing the weeds. The results were: improving the soil and checking erosion. He was also a champion of the Mallee Fowl and embarked on a program of fox and rabbit baiting. He monitored the number of birds and recorded the improvements in their progress.

L-R Andrew Davidson, Henry Short

Jackqui Dekker joined Fourth Creek Catchment Group (FCCG) and has been active as a management committee member since its establishment in 2002; also providing practical assistance with the Group’s weeding and revegetation activities.

Congratulations to the recipients!

Native plant sale

The Kersbrook Landcare Group volunteers grow an incredible number of native species from grasses, groundcovers, understorey plants to trees in their nursery at South Para.

The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre is happy to be hosting a native plant sale on Saturday 24 June from 10 am – 12 noon for the Kersbrook Landcare Group. Most seedlings are $2.00. Yvonne and friends will be at the AHNRC to advise you.

Please bring cash (small change where possible) and some boxes or bags to carry your new plants home.

Degrading my daughter’s future

Our next guest speaker is Professor Corey Bradshaw who will challenge you with his talk – “Degrading My Daughter’s Future – global environmental decline and the fate of human society”. Bradshaw

Corey will be appearing on Tuesday June 27th starting at 7.30 pm. The cost is $5.00 or $2.00 for students. Please pay at the door.

Professor Bradshaw’s current position is Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology , School of Biological Sciences at Flinders University. His extensive research projects focus on global change ecology. His work has provided environmental policy advice around the world.

Corey’s talks and publications are always thought provoking, stirring and inspiring so don’t miss this.

Nominations for Landcare Awards are open!

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Have you ever wondered how cutting edge projects in land care management are rewarded?

The Landcare Awards acknowledge and celebrate benchmark Landcare projects at state and territory and national levels. Nine diverse categories showcase the innovation, commitment and passion of 5,400 Landcare and Coastcare groups across the country.

Refer to the entry requirements and entry rules and conditions documents for detailed guidelines, terms and conditions relating to all entries.

Applications close on 15 July 2017 in South Australia.