Knox Environment Society


Update 31/10/2020

  • The KES Indigenous Nursery is open once again! We have now returned to our standard opening hours and will optimistically remain at these times until December 13th when we will be closed for our usual time over Christmas and the heat of the middle of summer.

  • Please note: The bridge off Burwood Hwy is currently being rebuilt and is closed. Please enter off Glenfern Rd.

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

  • To assist with speedy sales and reduce contact time at the nursery, please check out our stock list to have an idea of what you want to purchase. For more information on local species, please see our Flora of Knox database,

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

  • Face masks MUST be worn at all times. If you have a medical reason for not wearing a mask, please wait at the gate and flag down a volunteer to let them know. It is up to the volunteer on duty at the time to determine if they are comfortable with your entry.

  • Please sanitize your hands before entry.

  • Please pay via card (we now have eftpos!) or direct debit on your phone if you can.

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


We are accepting plant orders as per the following instructions:

  • Order must consist of a minimum of 30 plants.

  • Your order will be assembled by one of our volunteers and you will be contacted when it is ready.

  • Please pay for your order via direct credit or eftpos on arrival.

  • Orders can be picked up on Wednesday's 1pm – 5pm or Saturday's 9am to 1pm. Please make sure to wear your face mask.

  • Please see our Plant Orders page for information on how to place your order.

What's on

Lake Knox Photo Competition!

What it means to Nature, the Community and me : Photographic Competition

Development Victoria is planning to bulldoze the water body locally known as Lake Knox. It believes that it is not an effective ecosystem with little value for wildlife and is not valued by the local community and therefore it will be bulldozed to make way for stormwater treatment ponds to treat the run-off for their new development.

We would love the local Knox community to show Development Victoria how important this site is and how loved it is by the local community.

Check out all of the info here or upload your entry here.

Click here to learn more about Lake Knox.

Current Campaigns

Photo album

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 nursery 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.

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

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.

Cover Photo by Melissa Allen: Burchardia umbellata - Milkmaids