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Trees For Life 2018 seedling orders - NOW OPEN

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please note there is a 50% discount off the price of Tree Scheme seedlings for eligible community groups and I expect most FOP groups will qualify. All they need to do is write Community Group on the top of the form and apply the discount to the seedling cost.


I have outlined the order season details etc below. With so much new evidence emerging we have been focusing this year on the value of native vegetation to sustain pollinators. Please let me know if you need anything further with this.


Trees For Life 2018 seedling orders - NOW OPEN

Native vegetation provides homes and food for wildlife, protection and food for stock, pollination services, magical scenery and much more.

Trees For Life is committed to working with landholders and community alike to restore and revegetate native vegetation on the land they love.

The Tree Scheme is low cost, easy to use, it offers lots of species to choose from and species suitable to your goals and location.

The 2018 Tree Scheme ordering season is OPEN 1 May - 31 July.

Late orders will be accepted until 30 August.

Find out more about the Tree Scheme and view the list of species available to order in your area here:

or contact us: (08) 8406 0500,
A 50% discount is available for small community groups and schools on application. Most Friends of Parks groups would be eligible. Contact us to find out more.

NEW BOOK: Focus on Flora - Plants of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The book is a photographic guide covering over 280 local species.

Just about all local native plants you are likely to see.

Photos are close ups of flowers and foliage as well as whole plants.

The text for each species is in simple language suitable for both the novice and people who know plants well.

Using this book, which is arranged intuitively in lifeforms, anybody should be able to identify our native plants correctly.

Perfect for those visiting or working in the bush such as members of the Friends of Parks Groups.

As the Landcare Group is not trying to make a lot of money out of the book we are offering the book for $30 (normally retailed at $39.95) to community groups if they buy ten or more copies.

Groups can choose to sell the book at it’s regular price creating fundraising for the group, or sell the book cheaply to its members. Money can be paid to KLG after the books have been sold.

We have had excellent feedback on the book from all who have bought it so far.

So far we have only accessed a small portion of our books by air freight.

The bulk of the order is arriving by ship in 2 - 3 weeks time.

I have attached a PDF sample.

Focus on Flora Focus on Flora (905 KB)

Also attached is a community group offer flyer.

Focus on Flora - Special Offer Focus on Flora - Special Offer (200 KB)

Yvonne Gravier
Kersbrook Landcare Group.

Time to place your Trees For Life seedling order!

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trees For Life seedling orders - NOW OPEN

It is amazing what can be achieved when people look after the land they love. The Hermann Family are an inspiring example, showing what people working with nature can do with a little support.

To hear their story click here

Or view this on Facebook at:

The Tree Scheme ordering season is OPEN 1 May - 31 July. Late orders will be accepted until 30 August with notice.

Find out more about the Tree Scheme and view the list of species available to order in your area here:

or contact us: (08) 8406 0500,

Discounts are available for small community groups, schools and landholders affected by the 2015 Pinery fires on application.

If you liked this story, or would like to see more transformations like this please SHARE this video and tell others about the Tree Scheme.

Together we'll continue to make this State look great.

Vicki-Jo Russell

Revegetation Services Manager - Trees for Life

Mallee Plants of South Australia and Victoria - iPhone app

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, January 15, 2017


Dear Friends of Parks SA

We thought your group(s) may all be interested in this new app ‘Mallee Plants of South Australia and Victoria’. It includes 764 species. Many of the photos were taken in the SA Mallee Parks

The app is for sale for $4.49. Go to iTunes or app store and in the search field enter ‘Mallee Plants’ which is usually enough to bring it up (if not, enter the full title).

It’s only for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch at this stage. Longer term we hope it will be available on Android, but that may be a while away.

It’s a large file at 1.69Gb so please ensure there is enough space and battery (or plug it in). It may take up to an hour or more to download, so please be patient, but once downloaded it’s very quick and easy to use.

We attach a flyer which gives more information and which can also be used to advertise it. Please would you circulate to your groups? If you prefer we can mail you some hard copies of the flyer, but please we would need a mailing address and an estimate of the number of flyers you could use.

With thanks

Annabel Carle

Land line 0362435370

Mallee of SA Vic app Mallee of SA Vic app (542 KB)

Wild Orchid Watch

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We are developing an online service called Wild Orchid Watch that allows users access to tools for identifying orchid species and maintenance of records of populations of orchids in the wild. This database of native orchids is to be available for access by different types of users, for different purposes.

To help us develop a useful website our IT team are seeking input from its potential users, to find out what you would like to see on the website. As part of this, they have a prepared a survey and we would appreciate your help by filling it in, and/or passing this email on to other people who may be able to answer our questions.

We are interested in having a variety of people from many different backgrounds answering the survey. For example, the people that we think might use the website could be:

- Bushcarers;

- Hikers and bushwalkers;

- Landholders and farmers;

- Members of Orchid Societies & Conservation Groups;

- Government agencies (which will include contractors, park rangers, CFS volunteers);

- School and university students;

- Authors and Academics;

- Scientists and Field Botanists.

We would appreciate it if you could circulate this survey to your members via the following link

The deadline for completing the survey is the end of November 30th 2016.

For further information contact our IT representative -


Rosalie Lawrence,
Secretary Native Orchid Society of SA (NOSSA)
0488 159 357

Moraea bellendenii

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, November 09, 2016


You may remember seeing a mention of a significant new weed that has reared its ugly little head.

Proper name is Moraea bellendenii.

See the three images attached - if you see it, please let Barb Raine, Bushcare Coordinator for the Friends, (8278 2370) know about it straight away.


Regards, Tina Gallasch

Secretary, Friends of Belair National Park.

Friends of Waite CR - walking bees schedule

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 WORKING BEES Walking

(Working) Bees are held on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month, from mid April to early December. Start time is 9:00 am and we generally try to finish at about 12:30pm.

Please bring lunch with you, so that we can sit and share time at the end of the walking bee.

Working bees will continue to concentrate on walking cleared parts of the reserve pulling seedling olives. In some areas we will also use tree-poppers to remove larger plants and spray or drill & fill regenerating olives

Working bees will still go ahead even if rain is forecast.

Email reminders are sent out the week beforehand.

Contact Peter Bird - or 0418 853 834 to register your interest.

Winter/Spring Schedule - All from Springwood Park via Eagle on the Hill

Saturday 2nd July

Sunday 17th July

Saturday 6th August

Sunday 21st August

Saturday 3rd September

Sunday 18th September

Saturday 1st October

- see Members Newsletter 33 below for more details

Friends of Waite CR - Newsletter 33 Friends of Waite CR - Newsletter 33 (829 KB)



Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, August 08, 2016

by Brenda Westlake

Ten years ago, the onlyGoodenia albiflora(white goodenia) known to exist between Kingston Park and O’Halloran Hill were a couple of weak plants along a cliff path above the Brighton Caravan Park, a patch under trees east of the Hallett Cove Railway Station and another patch south of the O’Halloran Hill Fire Station. It is believed the O’Halloran Hill plants are the only ones to have survived.

A member of the Friends of Hallett Cove Conservation Park, who discovered these colonies of Goodenia albiflora, and recognised their uncommon status, took cuttings and spread them in the Park at Hallett Cove and around the district. At that time, he was working closely with the nursery staff of the City of Marion, and so gave them several plants, from which they propagated. Since then Council have included them extensively in their native gardens. The most notable use is at the new Cove Civic Centre at Hallett Cove, where the 2016 Friends of Parks Forum will be held in October this year. Other nearby councils now include them in their plantings as well. They make a good drought-tolerant addition to a home garden. In summer, the plants die back, but sprout and spread the following year. However, they will not survive the fungus caused by organic mulch.

It is the aim of the Friends of Hallett Cove Conservation Park to make the park a refuge for endangered, threatened, vulnerable rare and uncommon plants from nearby. We have also successfully saved Myoporum viscosum (sticky boobialla)from near extinction in this district, as well as protecting other remnant plants like Acacia victoriae, Adriana quadripartita, Dichanthium sericeum (silky blue-grass), Eremophila longifolium (weeping emu bush), Lycium australe (Australian boxthorn) Maireana rohrlachii (Rohrlach’s blue-bush), Scleranthus pungens (prickly knawel) Sida petrophila (rock sida) and Solanum simile. Maireana aphilla, Teucrium racemosum (grey germander) and Gonocarpus mezeanus (heart-leaved raspwort) are treasured remnants from within the park.

One of the patches of Goodenia albiflora in Hallett Cove CP

We invite you to come to the 30th Friends of Parks Forum, to be held from 14-16 October 2016 at Hallett Cove, and see what else we have accomplished in the district. Hallett Cove is not only renowned for its geology.




The 2015/2016 Summer Sowing Season is now underway at the Trees For Life Nursery!

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 26, 2015

Our Nursery has had many clients, including Local Councils, NRM groups and Friends of Parks groups. You may have been fortunate enough to obtain some funding for a revegetation project in your park and are looking for a reasonably priced supply of tube stock; it’s possible that TFL might be able to help you.

As the first sow dates for some species are this week, orders will have to be in ASAP, but we are more than happy to work with you on any questions/problems you may have.

If you would like to know more, we can be contacted on 08 8406 0500, or via email at

Look forward to hearing from you,

Brett Oakes

Trees For Life Nursery Officer

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