First of all, sincerest apologies for such a late notice for this Sunday's Enjoyment Day. We still hope you read this before then, and can join us.
Where is Glenthorne Farm? O'Halloran Hill, Adelaide. To see map for Gate Entry click here
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The summer of below-average heatwaves and recurring rainfall events has seen not only the wren habitat fence line plantings flourish, but also those few plantings achieved during the summer have survived and are ready for the season breaking rains. In our Native Grass Compound we are seeing a few natives show themselves, including the Boerhavia dominii (Tar Vine) which is a spreading ground cover, Austrodanthonia sp (Wallaby Grass) in healthy numbers and a native oxalis.
Many of the plantings in the weed mat have survived and shed seed this year. This month we will continue to weed this area to protect the natives and are looking to prepare some ground for direct seeding of a few native grass species, following some local collections in recent months. We will complete our usual walk through the revegetation areas, looking out for Grey-fantails and Golden Whistlers which have been seen at this time of year in past years.
If you haven’t been to Glenthorne for a while or are yet to visit, the Friends invite you to come along for a tour of our revegetation areas and the water course down to the large dam in the middle of the property. Dam levels in past months have been at record high levels and it will be interesting to see if these levels have fallen in the past month and whether this has attracted the usual high numbers of waterbirds.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to bring binoculars as well as protective clothing such as long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes or boots and a hat. The Friends have a number of hats and also supply sunscreen if needed.
We usually have tea or coffee and a discussion of recent events from around 1.00 pm.
We will be on site from 10.00am but if you arrive after 10.00am please call Alan on 0411 595 910 for entry instructions.
From the 1st May - 31st May, South Australia is celebrating the History Festival. There are over 600 events, many are free, or a Gold Coin donation to attend. These events are hosted by all sorts of groups, large and small, who are keen to share a story to tell of our very rich South Australian History. Many of these events are in and around Adelaide, but pages 30 - 40 of the program are about events in Rural SA (about 200 events or so)
The Friends of Glenthorne are also hosting one of these events on Sunday 28th May. (see page 24 of the Program)
Entry is only by Donation, Tea & Coffee provided, but Bookings are essential to attend.
Grab your own copy of the "South Australia's History Festival" program, or visit the website at to see the full program, and more information. Visit www.HistoryFestival.sa.gov.au (Other Social Media @historyfestival or #SAHistoryFest )
The Friends have for a while encouraged existing members to renew their memberships and for new members to join us, via the monthly emailed Glenthorne e-Newsletters.
A big thankyou to the many that have renewed their annual membership since the last newsletter. If you haven't renewed yours yet, then please consider this. It is important to register in this way your support to keep Glenthorne Farm as open space, and to open this beautiful urban tract of land open to the public.
Note that it is important to put your name on any payment direct to our bank account and please send us a followup email so that we have your contact details, if you are a new member.
Membership is just $10.00 for individuals, $20.00 for families and $35.00 for institutions. Concessions apply.
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Account Name: Friends of Glenthorne Inc.
Acct No: 198 876 197
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The report of our 2015 "Community Vision Day" can be downloaded here. (PDF format)
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