Ten Quiet Green Achievers were presented with certificates and vouchers on Saturday June 1st at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC).

“All of the recipients were nominated for their long term commitment to the environment, on either their own properties or public lands” said Val Hunt, Coordinator of the AHNRC. “They also came from right across the hills area, showing how effective it is to promote events in the hills papers”.

The Quiet Green Achievers 2019 regularly volunteer countless hours in their community for the benefit of everyone who visits public spaces or enjoys the natural landscape and wildlife of the Adelaide Hills.

BACK ROW L-R: Andrew Davidson (Chair AHNRC), Sean Wessex-Brown, Peter Sharley (partly hidden), David Jarvis, Hugh Stewart.
FRONT ROW: Ann Taylor, Tony Vincent, Toni Pillar (for Carolyn Biggs), Della Rowley, Wendy Stewart

The winners of the 7th  year of awards are:

Ann Taylor, a member of Friends of Black Hill Morialta since 1986, minute Secretary and volunteer in Morialta National Park.

David & Sue Jarvis, members of Trees For Life, Friends of Kenneth Stirling and 6th Creek Catchment Group.

Carolyn Biggs, a long standing member of Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group, involved with research and photos for their publications.

Della Rowley, for land conservation to protect Southern Brown Bandicoots on her property and managing a sustainable Bed and Breakfast “Bimbimble Hideaway”.

Peter Sharley, has improved farming land and restored native vegetation on his property by controlling woody weeds and planting over 20,000 plants.

Tony Vincent, Chair of Friends of Charleston Conservation Park, member of Mid-Torrens Catchment Group and Kersbrook Landcare Group, Treasurer of Seeding Natives and other groups, while managing a 50 ha bush block.

Wendy & Hugh Stewart. Members of 6th Creek Catchment Group and Friends of Merchants Rd, restored native vegetation on their own property with weed control over many years and are active volunteers in the community.

Seán Wessex-Brown, for establishing a native grass lawn and a backyard for wildlife at his home, while encouraging and mentoring others to do the same and for many years of sharing his skills with the community through volunteering.


Dotted around the Mt Lofty Ranges, there are many special rock art sites, mostly on private lands.

The history and stories of the Peramangk people are spiritually connected to these sites and are a valuable record of their culture and movement through the hills. The art work in many rock shelters in the eastern ranges depict dreamtime stories, ceremonies and hunting scenes.

Robin Coles will talk about the Rock Art of The Mt Lofty Ranges and Newly Recorded Art Sites at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit from 7-9pm on Tuesday June 18th.

Robin is the author of “The Ochre Warriors, Peramangk Culture and Rock Art in the Mt Lofty Ranges” and regularly takes guided tours of some of the art sites. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.

If you wish to attend this fascinating and culturally important talk, email valhunt@ahnrc.org to reserve your seat. The cost is $5 per person, payable on the night 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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A call out to all  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.


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.


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