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January Enjoyment Day

Our next Enjoyment Day is this Sunday, 15th January, 2017 from 10.00am until 2.00pm, and all are welcome. Tea & coffee from around 1.00pm.

Join us for a tour of our revegetation efforts to date and during our visit we survey all birds seen. These records are an important data source as they indicate the success of the revegetation efforts and the importance of the large hollow bearing trees on the property. With many Eucalypts flowering, lorikeets and honeyeaters are expected to be prolific. Recent rains may mean that dam levels are still very high, but as the levels drop over summer, more and more waterbirds seek out these permanent water sources and numbers and species increase. As water levels drop, many species of water birds are able to reach the submerged water weed and smaller invertebrates. In December, two long-necked turtles and a Blue-tongue Lizard were spotted. We will be watering the seedlings which were planted in recent months and also reviewing the current weed situation for action in coming months. The temperature is expected to be a pleasant 30 degrees with some cloud cover. Hats, sunscreen and protective clothing is recommended.

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.

Do something different this New Year?

Are you keen to do something completely different this year? Why not join the Friends of Glenthorne Managment Committee.

Come along to the Club Marion (Sturt Road opposite the City of Marion Council Chambers) next Tuesday Night at 7pm, in the lounge/dining/bar area for our first meeting this year. Meeting starts at 7pm, and goes for about an hour. With the Liberal Party recently announcing their Glenthorne National Park initiative in the lead up to the March 2018 State Election, there is much to discuss. If you are keen to help us to secure this important Community asset for future generations, you are invited to join us. All are welcome.

Weeds - a sober thought

It's a sad thing that weeds are a huge problem in Australia.  According to the latest issue of "ReLeaf" (Trees for Life magazine), weeds cost Australian farmers $1.5 billion annually to control weeds, and a further $2.5 billion annually on lost agricultural production.  Wow! And, 10 new weeds are recorded in Australia each year. Two thirds of these weeds are escaped garden plants.  Not only do weeds have significant impact on Australia’s economy, but they damage natural landscapes, waterways and costal areas and destroy native habitat which threatens native plants and animals. Willows, Olives, Desert Ash, Canary Island Palms, Swamp Sheoaks, PeriWinkles, Blackberrys, Arum Lilies! Do any of these unwanted residents live near you?  See for further information. If you don't receive the "ReLeaf" in a letterbox near you, then contact Trees for Life,

Adelaide Child - Apps

Ideas from the free "Adelaide's Child" published monthly by Copeland Publishing P/L.

Nature calms the brain and heals the body

Did you know that the Japanese have a word that means "forest breathing", (shinrin-yoku)? When we go out into a forest, we inhale beneficial bacteria, essential oils, and negatively-charged ions, which strengthen our immune system, so scientists say. Read more about this from the "David Suzuki Foundation", at

If you are the "tech" type, go to iTunes, and install the following apps:

What bird call is that?

Build Wild Creatures

Then photograph them with the "Plum's Creaturizer" app.

Share photographs

Take photos of wildlife and share them with a network of Citizen Scientists  anywhere in the world with the "Project Noah" app.

Commuity Garden

What to connect with a Community Garden? Then go to ", or go to " and type "Garden"

Do you have fussy eaters living in your home?

Then go to "" and get them involved in the layout, growing and cooking of their own food.

A garden's scent, colour and family rituals will have a lasting impact on them.


Your membership is very important to the Friends of Glenthorne. If you are interested in receiving postal Newsletters, updates and reminders from the Friends, please reply to this email with your most recent postal address. We do appreciate your membership in order to carry out our ongoing work.

The Friends will be garnering support for the long term protection of Glenthorne Farm from all politicians in the coming 12 months and we need your ongoing commitment to this cause. Please send us an email with your postal address for future mail outs and please renew your membership, if you are able, and look out for our petition against the recurring housing plans of the University of Adelaide. The City of Marion’s Mayor Kris Hanna and councillors, David Speirs MP and Corey Wingard MP have all stood up for the long term protection of Glenthorne and we encourage all other State politicians to do the same, as the March 2018 State election approaches. The Friends understand the importance of 2017 to the 20 year struggle to protect historic Glenthorne Farm and we need your support.

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 $10.00 individuals, $20.00 family and $35.00 institutional.

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The report of our 2015 "Community Vision Day" can be downloaded here. (PDF format)

Friends of Glenthorne - Chairperson

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