'Keep it Green' Appeal
The Abbotsford Convent’s expansive grounds and gardens provide a special community space which is free for everyone to enjoy – 365 days of the year.
Each summer, we seek community 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.
Each donation helps 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 last year’s Spring/Summer campaign, in 2016 the Convent:
- Recycled 2.5 million litres of storm 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
There is always more to be done
Protecting and nurturing the Convent’s historically significant gardens and grounds is vital year-round, not just in the warmer months. Continued community support will help to ensure their ongoing protection and maintenance, as well as the implementation of site-wide ‘green’ initiatives that will support the precinct’s sustainable development into the future.
The Convent is a stunning urban retreat, and it’s yours to enjoy - but we need your support to keep it green.
You can still donate to support the protection of the Convent’s precious gardens and grounds. Please phone Alexandra Murphy, Head of Development, on 03 9415 3607, or donate online here.