Across the precinct: Upper Field River

Across the precinct: Upper Field River

With sup­port from Trees for Life and the City of Mar­i­on, a group of pas­sion­ate locals has come togeth­er to con­serve an area in the Upper Field Riv­er. Find out more about their hard work.

The Field Riv­er is sur­round­ed by a num­ber of sub­urbs in Adelaide’s south includ­ing Hal­lett Cove, Shei­d­ow Park, Trott Park, Reynel­la, Hap­py Val­ley and Woodcroft.

This impor­tant met­ro­pol­i­tan catch­ment spans an area of 55.3 square kilo­me­tres and forms a sig­nif­i­cant link between Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park and Glen­thorne Nation­al Park-Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta.

The low­er area of the Field Riv­er has been con­served by the Friends of the Low­er Field Riv­er for many years, but local res­i­dent Emma Watts noticed that an area near her home – below Bar­ton Dri­ve Reserve in Trott Park, also need­ed some TLC and decid­ed to take action.

This idea was real­ly inspired by the first Glen­thorne Open Days. I spoke to the peo­ple at the Friends of the Low­er Field Riv­er mar­quee and gave them my con­tact details,’ Emma said.

David Green­hough, the Chair­per­son of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship and also a mem­ber of the Friends of Low­er Field Riv­er Friends Group, then con­tact­ed me to dis­cuss the area and it all went from there.

I can’t believe the dif­fer­ence the group has made to the area in such a short space of time.’

With help from Trees for Life, City of Mar­i­on and the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship, this group of pas­sion­ate locals has come togeth­er eight times since late 2019 under­tak­ing a range of con­ser­va­tion and edu­ca­tion activ­i­ties includ­ing plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and woody weed removal.

The group will be plant­i­ng native species in the com­ing months and have even installed a pho­to point to cap­ture the pos­i­tive changes in the landscape.

If you would like to join in the next activ­i­ties, email Tri­cia Cur­tis from Trees for Life at triciac@​treesforlife.​org.​au.