'Keep it Green' Appeal

    Are the Convent’s gardens a special part of Melbourne which you enjoy? Have you immersed yourself in the green open space of the Convent grounds, and felt grateful for this beautiful community resource?

    The Abbotsford Convent expansive grounds and gardens provide a special community space which is free for everyone to enjoy – 365 days of the year.

    This summer, we’re seeking your support via our annual ‘Keep it Green’ appeal to help protect the Convent’s 6.8 hectares of precious green open space, and to enable us to take important steps towards a greener future at the Convent.

    Help celebrate the vital role that our gardens and grounds play in generating community connectedness, encouraging health and wellbeing, and nurturing wildlife in their native habitat on this precious peninsula of the Yarra River.

    What we achieved last summer with your support

    As a direct result of our 2015/16 Spring/Summer campaign, this year the Convent:

    • Recycled 2.5 million litres of storm water – or 'Holy Water' – by purchasing new tanks
    • Upgraded and extended garden irrigation systems
    • Purchased and planted 140 new Indigenous, native and exotic plants and shrubs
    • Improved sustainability by recycling wood ash, coffee grounds from Convent cafés, and livestock manure and compost from the Collingwood Children’s Farm

    What we can achieve this summer with your support

    This summer, funds raised from our ‘Keep it Green’ appeal can help us:

    • Purchase additional water tanks, doubling our capacity to recycle storm water
    • Establish a worm farm, enabling us to recycle food waste from the onsite bakery and cafés
    • Grow our Sapling School program, bringing more pre-school children to the Convent to plant trees, and learn about Indigenous ecosystems and organic practices
    • Expand our garden volunteers program, significantly increasing volunteer hours and additional support from our expert Head Gardener

    Help us ‘Keep it Green’

    Your support today will help the Convent in so many ways:

    • $30 can purchase seedlings for our monthly Sapling School classes
    • $50 can help purchase essential gardening tools
    • $100 can pay for organic fertilisers and trace elements to nourish the Convent’s lawns
    • $250 can purchase semi-advanced trees to provide essential shade in the height of summer
    • $4,000 can allow us to purchase and install additional water tanks to activate garden space in neglected corners of the property

    The Convent is a stunning urban retreat, and it’s yours to enjoy. But we need your support to help keep it green.

    Please go online and make a tax-deductible gift today.

    Thank you for being a part of our community and for investing in the future of the Convent.