Wicking beds at Thebarton College

On Wednesday 7 June 2017 Sustainable Communities returned to Thebarton Senior College to give students a workshop on creating wicking boxes as part of their  Environment Expo. Barb, Mahima, Trevor and Monica, joined other organisations in the gym with a display and information.

Thebarton Senior College has many students who are new arrivals – refugees, overseas students or migrants.  Many students were interested to see what we did and were interested in having vegetable gardens at home. Many also live in flats so are interested  in growing some herbs in a small space. Continue reading

For the love of trees

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The green canopy of these beautiful River Red Gums soften and enhance the suburban landscape in Victoria Avenue, but for how much longer we do not know. An application has been submitted to council for the removal of these trees.

Between a human and a tree is the breath. We are each other’s air.  –
Margaret Bates

 

There is a wild beauty in the statuesque older trees that thrust their limbs skyward above our suburban dwellings. These trees provide numerous benefits to humans for free and without any demands, except perhaps to be allowed to live. Sadly more and more of our big old trees are disappearing from suburban areas and in most places big tree species are no longer being planted. Undoubtedly this urban forest adds value and prestige to areas like Unley and if we don’t act now to halt the loss of trees, in a generation all our Adelaide suburbs will resemble stark concrete deserts. Yet most people fail to even notice the demise of these trees, some of which stood tall and proud before Europeans even set foot on this land.

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Sharing Stories: Building Community

By Dinali Devasagayam

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This year I have been running story sharing nights called Campfire Stories at The Joinery and the Willunga Environment Centre. The notion is to provide a regular space where people can come and share life stories providing both connection and entertainment. It seems to me to be another way in which we can build stronger communities while having some fun. The power of the story is also being recognised as a way to widen our awareness of the world and promote meaningful change.

The next Campfire Stories is on Thursday 22 June 2017 at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide from 6:30pm – 9pm with a theme of  The Great Outdoors. The stories are limited to 5 minutes with a shared informal supper at the end where participants can mingle and chat further. There is no pressure to speak in front of the audience. You are just as welcome to come and listen to other people’s stories.

So far I have been amazed at the diversity of stories and the breadth of human experience they represent. If you are interested in coming along  and being a part of the stories you can RSVP at www.campfirestoriesadelaide3.eventbrite.com. Please email me if you have any questions. I hope to see some of you on the night.

Another call to preserve our heritage trees

by Anne Wharton on behalf of Save Unley Trees Campaign

Many residents in the Unley Council area are most concerned about the number of regulated and significant trees being removed from our suburbs, especially on private land. Indeed this seems to be happening throughout suburban Adelaide.

In Fairford Street, Unley there are 2 huge River Red Gums, possibly 100+ years old. The owners have recently submitted another application to Council to remove the western tree (their third application to cut down one or both of the trees).

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Photo taken 2 years ago before new house was built. The tree under application is the right hand tree (western), the bigger of the two, that is listed on the Unley Council’s Significant Tree List.

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