Knox Environment Society


Update: 04.01.2022

The KES nursery is currently CLOSED. We will reopen on Thursday February 3rd, 2022.

COVID Safety Requirements for entering the nursery:

To help keep our volunteers and other customers safe, please remember:

  • You must be fully vaccinated to enter the premises or have a medical exemption. Please present your certificate to one of our volunteers on entry. (Unvaccinated individuals may place "click and collect" orders.)

  • Please sign in using the QR Code and use the hand sanitizer at the gate.

  • Make your visit quick by checking out the Stocklist for which species we currently have available.

  • If you have any cold or flu like symptoms, please do not enter.

  • Pay via card (we now have eftpos!) or direct debit on your phone if you are able (cash is still available if you can't).

  • Please be conscious of your surroundings and maintain a distance of 1.5m from others.

Current Campaigns

Knox Environment Society Objectives

- To actively promote sustainability within Knox and the wider community. -

- To engage in projects and activities that monitor, protect and enhance the environment. -

- To work with stakeholders including government, the community and business to advance environmental and sustainability policies, programs and practices. -

Our motto: "Principle before profit."

KES Indigenous Nursery

In 1985, the Knox Environment Society established what is believed to be one of the first indigenous nurseries in Australia. The Indigenous Nursery is completely volunteer run and most of the money the Society earned through plant sales goes back into the community for environmental campaigns and projects, both locally and globally, such as the Sword-grass Brown Butterfly project, local wildlife carers, lobbying for better public transport and donations to other groups striving for similar objectives.

To find out more about what our Nursery volunteers do, please please see our Volunteering at the KES Nursery page.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please see our Membership page.

If you would like to visit us or buy plants, please see our Location and Open Hours.

What's On

📄 2022 Lake Knox Short Story Competition 🖊

2022 will be a critical year for Lake Knox given the Victorian Government’s intention to bulldoze it. So, to ensure that it is preserved into the future, we would like to spread the word, through words directly from the community about why it needs to be protected. 🏞

The Short Story competition will be based on the theme of

‘Why Lake Knox is important to me?’

Entries should be written from your personal perspective and seek to show why you value Lake Knox and want it preserved.


💙1st Prize $100

💙2nd Prize $50

💙3rd Prize $25

In addition, there will two encouragement awards for authors whose stories encapsulate the magic that is Lake Knox.

Terms and conditions 📧

Entry to the 2022 Lake Knox Short Story Competition (the “Competition”) is open to anyone passionate about protecting Lake Knox. An entrant must be an individual and cannot be a company or organisation. The competition is an initiative of the Friends of Lake Knox Sanctuary.

1. Eligible entries must be submitted via email no later than 5pm on Mon 28 Feb 2022. Along with your attached story, please include your full name, age,

address, email, phone contact and how you first became aware of Lake Knox.

2. There is no cost to entering the competition.

3. Only one entry per person, will be accepted.

4. To enter the Competition, each entrant must:

5. Write a short story no longer than 500 words or a poem no longer than 2 typed pages, that reflects the theme of ‘Why Lake Knox is important to me?’

6. If the entrant is under the age of 16 then each entry form must contain the contact details of the entrant’s parent or guardian acknowledging their consent for the entrant to participate.

7. By submitting a story or poem, each entrant (or their parent/legal guardian) agrees that:

1. All details provided with the entry are true and correct;

2. All work is the original work of the entrant;

3. The organisers and its partners may use the entry and any personal details provided for promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media without notice and without any fee being paid to the entrant. Entrants may be published as an anthology.

4. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified by email and/or phone and will be asked to attend the prize giving ceremony (date to be confirmed.

Have your say on the draft Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS)

Share your feedback on how Knox City Council (KCC) should protect and enhance our green areas.

Following community consultation in March and April 2020, KCC developed the draft Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS).

The draft strategy covers:

  • values to protect

  • land usage directions for the next 20 years.

This is your chance to have your say on the vision and actions relating to green wedge land and significant landscapes in Knox.

To fill out a survey or write a submission, please go to the KCC website:

Knox Nature Discovery Passport

Grab your copy of the Knox Nature Discovery Passport and head on out to 50 of the best bushland reserves in Knox!

How to join in on the fun:

1. Head out to your local Eastern Regional Library, visit the KES Nursery or head to the Knox Council Civic Centre and grab your Passport.

2. Flip through and pick somewhere that looks fun!

3. Grab the kids and/or your friends and head out to explore somewhere new!

4. Fill out the passport as you go. What did you see? What did you love about the reserve? How did it make you feel?

It's that simple! But wait! There's more!

20 of the locations have hidden Geocache's for your to find! Inside each Geocache is a unique stamp to mark off that location in your Passport. For every 5 stamps you collect, you get fee plants from us! You could collect up to 36 plants by visiting all 20 of the reserves!

Download the free Geocaching app and look for Geocahse's marked KNDP.

The pest part is, this isn't just a school holiday event, so why not visit a different reserve every weekend, that's a whole year of things to do!

Knox Repair Cafe

The Knox Repair Cafe meets at the KES Indigenous Nursery on the second Saturday of each month (excluding January).

Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, you must book ahead for a session and spaces are limited. To book, please visit the KRC Facebook page.

Check out our Calendar for more events!

Cover Photo by Melissa Allen: Burchardia umbellata - Milkmaids