Glenthorne project reaches new milestones

The past week has been an exciting one for Adelaide’s newest national park with its master plan taking out an award, 1200 native species planted on National Tree Day and the first stage of visitor access opened to the public.

Almost 200 volunteers descended onto Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta last Sunday to celebrate National Tree Day and plant 1200 native species.

Under the careful guidance of National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia rangers, volunteer rangers, Friends of Glenthorne members, and contractors the volunteers planted native species which will contribute to the overall ecological restoration plan for the park.

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Ranger Tom Prosser helps a young volunteer at the Glenthorne Planting Day 

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Glenthorne Partnership Chairperson David Greenhough, Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs also took part in the planting event

The day also marked the opening of a 4 kilometre loop trail visitors can access from the Ranger Station carpark on Majors Rd from 8am-7pm every day. The trail also features interpretive signage which tells the story of Glenthorne’s rich history and what’s in store for the park’s future.

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The Glenthorne Loop Trail is marked with interpretive signage so visitors can learn more about the site’s past and future.

Earlier in the week, the Glenthorne master plan – led by Aspect Studios in conjunction with Urban Regional Planning Solutions (URPS) in partnership with DEW – took out the Award of Excellence in the Landscape Management category of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) 2020 SA Landscape Architecture Awards.

The judge commented that ‘with an authentic and extensive co-design process which balanced community aspirations with environmental objectives and economic sustainability, the Glenthorne National Park Master Plan sets a benchmark that will inform the coordinated approach to park planning and management for years to come.’

To keep up-to-date on the latest news on the creation of Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, visit the Glenthorne website.