Friends of Glenthorne

Restoring Native Habitat and Heritage in Adelaide's South

Dear {name} {surname},

You may be interested in some up-coming events. Keep an eye out on our website "Events" page.

Working Bee / Enjoyment Day

This Sunday is our First Working Bee / Enjoyment Day since the Glenthorne National Park Ityamaiitpinna Yarta was announced. Now that Glenthorne National Park is Open to the Public, every day is an "Enjoyment Day" at Glenthorne. So, for those that want to "Enjoy" Glenthorne, but also come to help us improve the Park, we will be holding "Working Bee" Days.  At this stage, these will continue to be once a month, on the 3rd Sunday of the Month.

We are working on a "Work Plan" and a "Weed Management Plan" with our Ranger, to make our Working Bees as effective as we can.

This Sunday, we will meet at the Ranger's Station Carpark at 9:45am for a 10am start.

Jobs that we will enjoy doing will be:

  • Plant some Grey Box seedlings in "Grey Box Gully".
    These seedlings have been grown from seed collected
    from our magnificent "500 year Greybox", a Registered Significant Tree.
  • Hand-weed the Native Grasses in our "Native Grass" compound.
  • Check previous plantings, and "Tree-Guard" those that will need one.
  • Spray Thistles and the Phalaris Grass that we recently slashed.
  • Select a suitable site for an Insect Hotel.
  • Install some Nesting Boxes in suitable trees. (Two "Pygmy Possum" or "Pardalote" Hotels, and a Parrot Box)
  • Drill'nFill some remnant Olives along the CSIRO Entry Road.

The only effective change of the demolition, regarding our access, is that we have to walk further to the loos!. There is one toilet at the Ranger's station.

See our Website HomePage for more information for attending our "Working Bees"

If you have attended one of our Enjoyment Days, and would like to offer some feedback, then please let us know your thoughts by replying to this email.

Coming Events

See our new Events page which will give you a list of events, and details.

Events recently added are:

  • Birds SA Field Trip to Glenthorne, 30th August, 2020

Glenthorne National Park

Glenthorne National Park - Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, is now open to the public.  The first community planting day was a resounding success, with the most North Western corner planted out with Native Grass "pods", and larger shrubs and trees scattered in between.  About 1,200 plants planted by over 200 keen community volunteers (including the Minister and the Premier) with the last of the 36,000 plants being planted by contractors. The rain fallen this past week has been a God send as these plantings were very late in the season and continued rain will be needed to ensure that most of them survive through summer. Watering through summer may still be required.

The demolition of CSIRO buildings is now complete. Only the shearing shed, workshop and heritage buildings remain. The Physiology Laboratory, the big concrete tank at the southern end and the rubbish dump have all gone.

This week saw the second Glenthorne Community Update Meeting at Aberfoyle Park where the DEW informed the community about progress and answered questions. 

It has been heartening to see so many of the community enjoying the park and respecting it as well. Great to see dogs being kept on leads as required by regulation. Not only is this the best way to protect our unique and endangered wildlife, but it will also protect the loved family pets from snake bite and the owners from an unwanted expiation notice from the Rangers. Warnings in the early stages are expected, so if you forget, there will be a period of grace, but great to see so many dog owners enjoying the property and following the rules for everyone’s benefit. Please don’t forget to pick up any droppings as National Parks do not supply rubbish bins. We are all expected to carry our waste off the property and dispose of it responsibly.

DEW have started working on interpretive signs and technologies to inform visitors to the GNPIY about its history natural features and these will be ready in coming months. Other works such as water course improvements will also start very soon, so please keep out of construction areas as indicated by the signs and bunting.

Glenthorne History Book

Glenthorne, a Defining History & Indefinite Politics

Did you know that some very early buildings, in SA's history, exist at Glenthorne.  There are plans afoot to have these buildings restored to their former glory (or humble use!)  These plans are part of our vision for Glenthorne,

You can learn about the history of these buildings (and others that no longer exist) in our book, “Glenthorne, a Defining History & Indefinite Politics” written by Dr. Pam Smith, Dr. Keryn Walsh, and Mr. Alan Burns.  More information on getting your own copy on the Friends of Glenthorne web site here.  Or you may like to telephone Pam on 0428 315 266 on how to get one.

At just $20 (plus $10 postage and handling), it makes a great gift and is a great read. It is the most detailed written history of the Glenthorne property and we are very proud of it.  If you come to our Enjoyment Day to pay for and pick up your copy, you can save the $10 postage.

Payment can be by way of cheque (posted in the mail) or electronic or cash deposit into the Friends bank account. Note that order forms must also be forwarded with payment to ensure your copy is accurately posted to you.

Bank Account Details
Account Name: Friends of Glenthorne Inc.
BSB: 015-209
Acct No: 198 876 197
Bank Reference: Enter your name

Glenthorne Classified Ad

Do you have, or know someone who has, some roof tiles that need another home?  We are building some "Insect Hotels", and a nice tile roof would be a nice thing to give them.  We may build a few of these "hotels", and we may need 16 (4 x 4) for each one.

If you can help with this, then please reply to this email, and we can get in contact with you.

Birds SA Webinars

There are now 3 Birds SA webinars available to view. They cover basic identification of Shorebirds, Terns and Parrots. You can watch them on Zoom  here

What happened to MLRNRMB

What has happened to the Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board?  This board was responsible for the management of all things "Natural" from the Barossa Valley to Kangaroo Island.

The Department of Water and Environment has instea created "LandScape SA". To learn more see their website at:

Sedge Snippets
The "Sedge Snippets" is an email you can subscribe to, to recieve news from the "Natural Recources Management" of Adelaide and Mount Lofty. Visit there website here to subscribe.

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