Knox Environment Society



The KES Indigenous Nursery is closed for the duration of Lockdown.

Please note all events on our calendar are also postponed until further notice.

Hopefully we will be able to reopen again soon and the following rules will apply:

The KES Indigenous Nursery is now open as usual again! Thursdays 10-4. Saturdays and Sundays 10-1.

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

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

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

  • Please sign in using the QR Code at the gate.

  • Sanitize your hands before entry.

  • 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


The Rowville Lysterfield Anti Quarry Expansion Group will be holding a pop-up market in Rowville to fund their efforts to oppose the expansion of the Hanson Quarry in Lysterfield, and KES will have a stall on the day.

Featuring a dozen local community stalls and other vendors, the market will showcase local small business and community groups.

When: Sunday 18th July 18th 2021 from 8am to 5pm

Where: Rowville Community Centre, 40 Fulham Road, Rowville

For further information or to apply for a stall, please contact Giselle Esperon,

July is Planting Month at KES!

Join KES volunteers for 3 Saturdays in July for plantings in 3 different locations. Check out our Calendar for all the details!

Have Your Say: Knox's Climate Response Plan

In October 2019, after many months of activism by the KES, KnoxCAN and the Knox community, Knox City Council recognised a "state of serious climate and ecological change" and sought to update its Climate Response Plan accordingly.

The new draft is now ready and available for public feedback.

Both summary version and full document are on Knox's YourSay page. They set out targets and actions for net zero emissions by 2030 for Council, and 2050 for community. Broken up into six themes, you can select your area for feedback, or all 6; Community health, Environment, Transportation, Efficient buildings and infrastructure, Renewable energy and Industry and business.

Please click the link below as your feedback is critical to ensuring that this plan is what the Knox community want it to be. We fought too hard for it to not to be anything less!

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.

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!

Check out our Calendar for more events!

Cover Photo by Melissa Allen: Burchardia umbellata - Milkmaids