Red Hill working bee Sunday 4 June 2017

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Sunday 4 June 2017 at 9am

We have now finished our work removing deciduous woody weeds until they start growing again next spring.

This month we plan to remove a patch of Cootamundra Wattle regrowth and use the cuttings to protect our tube stock plantings (on Sunday 18 June) from being damaged by kangaroos.

How did Red Hill in Canberra get its famous name and red flowering plants?

Red Hill is one of the most prominent peaks and nature reserves in Canberra. But do you know how it got its name?

The site has been nominated for an ACT heritage listing for the red flowering plants which were established in the area 100 years ago by horticulturalist Charles Weston, under instruction from Walter Burley Griffin.

One of the Red Hill Regenerators volunteers Michael Mulvaney told ABC Radio Canberra breakfast host Dan Bourchier about how Red Hill got its name and its famous plants. More…

Red Hill Regenerators visitor seat installed


Photo by Trish Munro

Photo by Trish Munro










The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has installed a visitor seat on Red Hill in recognition of the volunteer work undertaken over the last quarter century by the Red Hill Regeneration Group. The seat has been installed in a beautiful viewing location about 100m south of the Davidson’s Trig. We hope that all visitors to Red Hill Nature Reserve will enjoy the seat, the view and the managed environment.


Red Hill mid week working bee on Wednesday 17 May 2017 CANCELLED

Owing to the unavailability of the organisers of the 17 May 2017 mid week working bee, it has been cancelled. The next working bee will be held on World Environment Day on Sunday 4 June 2017.

Regenerators nominate heritage plantings for ACT Heritage Council listing

2017 is one hundred years since Charles Weston was instructed by Walter Burley Griffin to commence planting red flowering pants on Red Hill. Thousands of callistemon, grevillea and Darling Pea were planted between 1917 and 1920. Many hundreds have survived and have spread across the hill.

In this centenary year, the Red Hill Regenerators have sought to celebrate these historic plantings by nominating then for listing by the ACT Heritage Council, to include these plants on the ACT heritage register, thereby providing recognition and protection of this direct historical connection to the Burley Griffin legacy.

The ACT Heritage Council nomination documents:

How urban bushland improves your health

from ‘The Conversation’ 4 May 2017

Urban bushland has health benefits beyond being a great place to go for a walk. It filters our air and water, helps cities avoid extremes in temperatures, and is linked to lower rates of chronic disease.But these and other health benefits are virtually never accounted for in local and state land development processes.Urban planners need to consider these health benefits when making decisions about the future of our cities. More…

Red Hill working bee Sunday 7 May 2017

Southern Boobook Owl observing the golfers. Photo by Roy McDowall

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Sunday 7 May 2017 at 9am

After two very strenuous working bees in April we have managed to remove the large grove of Nettle trees near the Parliament House lookout. The final patches growing along the fence were kindly chainsawed by our helpful Parks and Conservation ranger.

This month we plan to work along the lower slopes on the Mugga way side of the hill to tidy up any remaining woody weeds which were missed from our weeding sessions last year.

Federal Golf Club development proposal: 18 April 2017 update

RHR were invited to meet on 18 April with representatives from the Federal Golf Club and the developer, Mbark (FGC/Mbark).
They advised that they had looked at options for a changed footprint to address concerns about the proximity of the development to Garran and the need to clear mature trees in that area. FGC/Mbark have decided to continue with their current planned footprint for a number of reasons including the different environmental impact of the proposed changes.  They advised that they would work to minimise the impact on Garran residents as much as possible.


Majura Valley Bush festival 30 April 2017

Come and join the farming community of the Majura Valley for the inaugural Majura Valley Bush Festival on Sunday 30 April 2017.

Across the day we will celebrate the people, history and stories that make up the unique heritage of the Majura Valley. (more…)

Red Hill fungi foray Sunday 28 May 9.30am

The Red Hill Regeneration Group are invited to join the Canberra Fungi Group in a fungi foray on Sunday 28 May 2017 at 9:30am at the Red Hill Nature Reserve. We will meet near the Red Hill Carpark: the large carpark at off Mugga Way (near Francis Street).

Participants will learn about fungi and join the foray (field trip) to locate, identify, and record fungal species in the area. All records of identified fungi made during the foray will be submitted to the Atlas of Living Australia to contribute to observations of fungi throughout Australia.
Your group, friends, and family are welcome to join us, as this is a free event open to the public. No prior understanding of fungi is required to participate, and those with experience will also be able to assist.
If it is raining on the day, the foray will be postponed – check Canberra Fungi Forays on facebook for cancellation on the morning of the foray and for updates, or contact me.



Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource