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

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