The Little Para Seed Orchard (LPSO), situated adjacent to the Little Para River in Hillbank, is a local-native botanic garden designed and maintained by the City of Playford.
Maintenance and seed-collection is assisted by volunteers from the Playford Greening and Landcare Group.
The idea of the seed orchard is to create a central site where seed-collection can be undertaken for the benefit of council's revegetation program. This speeds up the process of collection, allowing the process to be undertaken by small groups who can usually target a range of species simultaneously and move between them very quickly.
The creation of the orchard also takes pressure off stands of remnant species on roadsides, where the bulk of local-native vegetation under council control is located. Moving away from roadside collection is also considerably safer for those volunteers and staff members undertaking the task.
(For the purposes of maintaining genetic diversity the seed-bank must also be constantly supplemented by collection of complementary material 'from the wild'.)
The LPSO is also designed as an amenity - botanic - garden, and as an educational resource.
Seed collection may only be undertaken with council permission. For enquiries contact Playford's Revegetation Officer Bill Doyle - phone 8256 0531, or via email.
Construction of the LPSO began in 2004.
The public is welcome to visit the Little Para Seed Orchard, which is best reached via the car-park at the rear of the Old Spot Hotel on Main North Road, Salisbury Heights.