Merry Christmas

The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre wishes all our friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We appreciate your support and hope to see you in all in 2019.  Please click on the photographs below to view our final message for 2018.

Change of date for HHE


The date of the monthly Hills Harvest Exchange (HHE) coordinated by the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) has been changed to Sunday 2 December 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm at The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. Everyone is welcome!

Wicking beds for Uraidla retirees

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.


Wattle seed pav, anyone?

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.


For bookings, email .The cost is $15.00 per person (pre pay when confirmed)

BYO Lunch – Wattleseed Pavlova will be provided for desert!


School Holiday Fun!


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

Bookings essential


T: 8390 0457