One of our newest members, Equinix gave twenty-six staff from their Sydney office the opportunity to volunteer at Middle Head Sydney Harbour National Park. The national park, located within Headland Park, has an interesting history - it is set on over 30 hectares of former defence land and was an integral part of Sydney’s defence from 1806 to the 1960’s. The park is now one of many national parks in and around Sydney that host corporate volunteers via the Foundation For National Parks & Wildlife.
Equinix staff’s day of volunteering started with a briefing by FNPW staff and the chance to get up-close and personal with some local wildlife including a boa-constrictor snake. Some staff were more keen on this activity than others!
Activities kicked off with volunteers being given gardening gloves, shovels and spades. Environmental activitiesfor the day included weeding, planting native seedlings and other bush regeneration activities, which volunteers took on with much gusto. After lunch, volunteers then learnt about the history of the park and took a tour of the underground tunnels including the sandstone gun pits and the ‘Tiger Cages’. The day was highly rewarding for all involved. Said Equinix volunteer Kim McIndoe, “The day was a perfect mix of education, fun, team building and rewarding work that contributes to the regeneration of biodiversity in the local area.”
“Volunteering with the Foundation of NationalParks and Telco Together was an amazing experience. It was hard to believe we were in the middle of Sydney Harbour. I love gardening so it was great to learn about the natives and the weeds, but also going on the tour and learning about the history of Middle Head was great too.”