Members of the Round Square senior student committee have paid another visit to the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Mowbray this week. This ongoing partnership to set up a community garden is now progressing well and the students would welcome College community interest and contributions.

Jo Dean, the resident permaculture expert, led the session on Thursday (in the rain) during which students put together the first of 10 wicking beds made of old apple crates. The students also planted a whole range of seeds in old egg cartons to ensure that many seedlings would be ready to plant out into the garden beds when they are ready. Our Round Square Chairs, Theo Ives and Alexandra Phillips have been overseeing the commencement of the project and are looking forward to handing over the reins to next year’s Round Square leaders. They have also arranged for Naomi Leighton (’10), a Collegian who now works for the MRC, to address the school on Monday in assembly.

How can you help?

We are asking the College community if they are able to donate resources and materials that can be used in the setting up of this project. Usually, we would raise funds through bake sales and sausage sizzles but COVID is preventing food sharing activities of this nature. At this stage, together with our permaculture guide, Jo Dean, we have identified the following needs:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Hand tools, trowel
  • Spade
  • Fork
  • Garden hose
  • Gloves
  • Sheep manure/chicken manure/alpaca manure etc
  • Straw
  • Mulch
  • Gravel
  • Cement and lime
  • Metal buckets

If you are able to donate functional items from this list (new or used – in good condition) it would be highly appreciated. If you can help please contact me on

Many thanks to anyone who could support this very worthwhile project.

Stuart Walls 
Round Square Representative