Be an enviro warrior in your own backyard

Hills Independent

Planting by the moon, choosing the best native species for your area, worm farming and how to invite native fauna into your yard are all tasks you can learn at the Community Environment Centre, Annangrove, in the coming weeks.

Hills Shire residents can book a host of educational workshops, including when it’s best to plant and propagate, how to compost, how to build a habitat garden and there’s even a kids nature art workshop on the list.

The Community Environment Centre is the perfect place to learn how we can be more environmentally sustainable, says Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi.

“The Centre has demonstration gardens, including both a food and a native garden,” he said

“There’s also fun and interactive sustainability workshops and residents can also volunteer at the Centre. It’s the perfect opportunity to grow your garden guru, make friends and learn vital skills that you can take back and use in your own home.”

Mayor Gangemi encourages residents to sign-up to secure their place now.

The centre is open Thursdays, between 9am – 4pm. Upcoming workshops include:

Planting by the Moon by Claude Corrente
Thursday 9 June 10am-12pm

Learn and investigate the different phases of the moon and the best plants to grow and propagate throughout the moon’s different phrases.

To book:

Native Plants for Pots, Courtyards, and Small Gardens by Brian Roach
Thursday 23 June 10am-12pm

Explore and discover how to best use a small garden space in selecting plants from our wonderful range of Australian natives that work well on a smaller scale.

To book:

Compost and Worm Farms by Chris Jones
Friday 8 July 10am-noon

Explore, learn, and discover how to set up and look after a compost bin or worm farm in your backyard. It’s a great way to recycle food waste and keep it out of Landfill.

To book:

Platypus Playdate – by The Hills Eco Kids- Cattai Hills Environment Network (CHEN)
Friday 15 July 10am-11:30am

Kids can learn more about the platypus in a fun and interactive way, as well as through crafts and a dancing game. This interactive hands-on workshop is aimed at kids aged 2-6 years.

To book:

Kids Nature Art Workshop by Jennifer Burns
Friday 15 July 12pm-3pm

Explore and discover your creative side with a nature art workshop that uses the natural world around us to create art with nature.

This fun creative workshop is designed for kids aged 5-12 years

To book:

Environment Friendly Gardens and Habitat Gardens by Habitat Stepping Stones
Saturday 23 July 10am-noon

Learn and discover how to make your gardens and backyards environment-friendly and investigate how to create habitat gardens to encourage birds, frogs, reptiles, bees, and butterflies to call your backyard their home.

To book:

For more details visit council’s website at and search “Community Environment Centre at Annangrove”.

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