Small Schools’ Learning Alliance Writer’s Festival.

A wonderful inspirational day of Literature and Art. Annangrove Public School hosted the Small School’s Learning Alliance Writer’s Festival. They were joined by students and teachers from Arcadia, Hillside and Middle Dural schools. Three world renowned authors and illustrators, John Heffernan, David Legge and Lesley Gibbes conducted workshops throughout the day. All participants were highly […]


OCTOBER MEETING George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill, Showgrounds 12 October sales from 11.30am. October Meeting – George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground – from 11.30am.The Bromeliad Society of Australia will hold their next meeting at George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground on Saturday, 12 October with plant sales commencing at 11.30 followed by the meeting […]

Chanticleer Gardens

When Grada and Peter bought their property ‘Chanticleer Gardens’, they already had a desire to create a special garden. The couple, both widowers, had met and married in 2002. Grada came from a working rose farm, with a one acre cold climate garden and Peter came from suburbia. This was their compromise and dream to […]

Planting a Safe Haven for Small Birds

Around 10,000 plant and animal species are disappearing around the world each year. Insect biomass in Germany has declined 76% since 1989. Farmland birds in Britain are down 58% since 1970. In Sydney small birds have reduced due to habitat loss and predators like cats and competition from larger birds. Can we do something to […]

Warrah Biodynamic Farm

AT WARRAH BIODYNAMIC FARM THIS MONTH, we have done our final preparations for spring and summer, and we are now putting the warm season crops in. These include capsicum, tomato, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, silver beet, pumpkin, squash, kale, beetroot, salad mix, strawberries, basil and parsley. We have had some much-needed rain, although the forecast is […]

Australian Plants Society North Shore Group

The monthly meeting of the Australian Plants Society-North Shore Group will be held in the Willow Park Community Hall, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby at 7:45 pm on Friday, October 11th. APS members Dr Sue Bowen, President, and Margaret Hamilton, Propagation Team Leader, will give a practical demonstration on propagation of seeds and cuttings brought […]

Walks and talks at Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden

The Summer Term of the Walks and Talks Programme at Ku-Ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives commences on Monday October 14th and closes on Monday November 11th. Topics include Leptospermum and Baeckeas, native grasses and native orchids. Meet 9-45 am at Caley’s Pavilion, wear suitable shoes and hat, bring water. Cost $5, […]

Arcadia Rural Fire Service

September has flown by! The Bush Fire Danger Period was moved forward a month and will finish on the 31st of March. As a result, anyone wishing to conduct pile burns will require a permit from Council and from the NSW RFS. You can get these via the Hornsby Council website and contacting Hornsby Fire […]


Deployed Strike Teams It has been a pretty tough start to the fire season across NSW and QLD. RFS crews have been battling out of control blazes in QLD and northern NSW for over a month. Every week a new group of Galston RFB members joined other local brigades in both states to assist in […]

Glenorie Rural Fire Brigade News

Glenorie Rural Fire Service assisted other local brigades with a Hazard Reduction burn at Maroota. Crews attended a fire in Venetta Road, Glenorie that was impacting on property. Additional resources were bought in to assist from Rouse Hill and Hillside. The fire was contained and then successfully extinguished after several hours. In light of Glenorie’s […]