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



Get up close to some fascinating creepy crawlies! Kristen will take the children to a variety of invertebrates so that they develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

When: Wednesday 17th April, 10.30 – 11.30 am

Where: Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Cresent Drive, Norton Summit

Cost: $5.00 per child. Bookings are essential.

Suitable for ages 3 years and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book email or phone 8390 1891, Tues – Thurs.




When change starts with you

Clean Up Australia Day  is on  Sunday 3 March 2019, so it’s time to check out rubbish hotspots in your neighbourhood and challenge your friends and family to make 2019 the year when change starts with you.

Participating in this event is the perfect opportunity to join with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to remove all the rubbish accumulating in your area before it kills our wildlife.

Please meet at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre by 9.30 am to register before starting to be covered for accident or injury. You will be provided with bags, sharps containers and a high viz vest. BYO hat, gloves, water and snacks. Children must be supervised by an adult.

James Dorey, Of Bees and Other Things

Author of “Bees of Australia: A Photographic Exploration”, James Dorey is coming to talk  about his stunning micro photographs and fascinating stories on Tuesday 26 February at 7pm at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre. He is currently completing his Ph.D at Flinders University in Adelaide – looking at the evolution, taxonomy and ecology of Australian native bees! Cost: A gold coin. To book please email or phone 8390 1891. Matilda Bookshop will be selling copies of “Bees of Australia”for $49.99 at the venue.

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!