HOW TO IDENTIFY NATIVE PLANTS IN THE BUSH, workshop presented by Andrew Crompton

A two week course of workshops plus a field trip that will help you to recognise native plants, understand the biodiversity in your bushland, evaluate the condition and discuss methods of improving the quality of your native vegetation.

WORKSHOPS : TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH AND 13TH  7 – 9.30pm. FIELD TRIP SUNDAY SEPT 18TH 9.30 – 12.30.   COST $15.00 for 3 sessions.

Limited spaces so please book early!TETRATHECA_1




“Adelaide Hills Untold Stories” is the inspiring theme for the third SALA exhibition.

The  SALA exhibition promises to showcase an exciting range of art works, including paintings, photography, jewellery and mosaics. This exhibition is unique in that it includes both emerging and established artists in one location, with an opportunity to meet some of the artists at the weekends.

The exhibition will be launched by Julie Corfe on Friday August 19th at 10am and will be open to the public from 9am – 3pm on weekdays and 10 am – 4pm at weekends.



Native Garden News

Come and look at the native garden now! With the help of volunteers, Sean orchestrated the second phase of the garden which features several Xanthorrhoea of various sizes. Surrounded by native grasses and groundcovers this will be absolutely fabulous come spring.

If you want to have some fun, join the gardening group and be part of a great team who are creating a wonderful environment for small wildlife and everyone who uses the centre.



The AHNRC and Summit Community Centre gardens continue to develop under the guidance of Sean and his hard working helpers, Sue and Gary. More plants will be added to the native garden demonstration area and the welcome garden in the coming weeks. The sensory garden directly across from the building is starting  to take shape too.

But  we need more helpers! If you love native plants or want to learn more about the local native species then this is a great opportunity to get some hands on experience. The team usually get together on Wednesday mornings so come along or call the Coordinator Val Hunt for further information.



5 wonderful people were presented with Quiet Green Achiever awards on Saturday June 4th. They were each nominated for their outstanding contribution to the environment. The winners were:

Richard Wallace for creating the Sustainability Fair 12 years ago with a vision that has seen it grow to become a successful promotion of sustainable technology and lifestyle. Elaine Howson, a long time member of 4th Creek Catchment Group, who was instrumental in setting up “The Patch” with students from Norton Summit Primary School. Maureen Redfern and Paul Farmer have cleared major track areas of weeds, in Black Hill Moraialta Conservation Park, working together for over 20 years and Gabriel Emil Lugg- Restall a 9 year old student at St Catherine’s School. Gabriel is an environmental activist, educating his peers, teachers and community in ways to respect all wildlife and appreciate their role in ecosystems.

QUIET GREEN ACHIEVERS 2016 007_optL-R Andrew Davidson (AHNRC Chairperson), Paul Farmer, Richard Wallace, Sandy MacGregor (AHNRC Committee) Front. Gabriel Emil Lugg-Restall. Absent Elaine Howson and Maureen Redfern.





We have seen a few busy months with our first 3 events of the year booked out before we even posted them on the website.                                                                                                         The Rock Art Tour was absolutely moving and all felt the need to have these places conserved and protected to remain as a significant part of Australian and local history. Cheese making, what a buzz and thrill to actually make your own haloumi and ricotta cheese. There is a waiting list to fill the next two classes.                                                       Nature Crafts for Kids was a terrific way to encourage children to look around their environment and create patterns or critters with seeds, flowers, seed pods and feathers. Micro Bats of the Mt Lofty Ranges was well presented by Chris Grant – there is a healthy interest in bats. Mary Crichton from Adelaide Bat Care also came along with Miss Lily and Barbie, 2 little bats in her care.