Green Adelaide's Pelzer Prize


2023 Pelzer Prize winner Sophie Thomson (centre) with SA Environment Minster Susan Close and Department of Environment and Water CE John Schutz

Green Adelaide has championed the Pelzer Prize, which is an award for South Australia’s green heroes, conservation leaders and champions of the environment, named in honour of Adelaide’s first city gardener – August Wilhelm Pelzer.

Pelzer (1862-1934) transformed the Adelaide city landscape during his 33 years as head gardener, arresting the loss of trees in our parklands and planting thousands more.


A conservation leader or champion of the environment who has gone above and beyond to restore landscapes, create habitat for wildlife, connect people to nature, or clean up our parks, beaches and waterways within a South Australian urban environment.

PRIZE: $5,000