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On Thursday 10th August, around 30 employees from NBN Co joined Greater Sydney Landcare’s Creating Canopies team for a corporate volunteering day.

After being taught the best methods for planting to ensure survival, NBN Co planted an incredible 500 native trees and shrubs at Blacktown Showgrounds. Species included Eucalyptus tereticornis which could, in time, grow up to 50 metres high.

NBN Co employees had a fantastic day of corporate volunteering with Greater Sydney Landcare. Photo: Laura Parent.

Getting Hooked on Nature

Tom Covell of Hooked On Nature gave an informative nature talk and led an interactive insect safari. NBN Co employees, with insect sweep nets in hand, had the opportunity learn that you don’t have to go far to connect to nature. They found and appreciated many insects and creatures in the wild of the Showgrounds which regularly get overlooked and learned how we’re all dependent on the natural world to survive. By reducing anxiety about misunderstood native species, volunteers had the chance to develop a better understanding of and relationship to them, which encourages more environmentally conscious decisions.

Tom Covell helped get NBN Co ‘Hooked on Nature’ with his engaging environmental talk and nature safari. Photo: Laura Parent.

Feedback on the Corporate Volunteering Day

NBN Co employees said: “It was such a lovely day and the whole team had a great time.”

“The event was very well organised, and staff were very helpful.”

All staff who gave feedback on the day rated it as excellent and thought the length of the event was just right.

Thanks NBN Co for your fantastic efforts planting 500 native trees and shrubs at Blacktown Showgrounds. Photo: Laura Parent.

Their favourite parts of the day were: “The tree planting and informative session about insects” and “planting saplings and the lecture on the importance of protecting nature and inhabitants.”

NBN Co staff got a lot out of the day, ultimately learning that “nature and [its] inhabitants are closely related, and we must protect them.”

Thank you NBN Co for your awesome volunteering efforts!

In the years to come these native plants will provide shade, cooling, and habitat for wildlife. Photo: Laura Parent.

our corporate volunteering day and are glad you had a great time. We can’t wait to do it again.

Corporate Volunteering with Greater Sydney Landcare

Corporate volunteering is a mutually beneficial partnership that supports both Greater Sydney Landcare’s conservation goals and the corporate social responsibility objectives of businesses. Find out more about Corporate Volunteering with Greater Sydney Landcare.

About Creating Canopies

Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare are planting 200,000 trees as part of the Greening our City program to help reduce urban heat in Greater Sydney. Proudly funded by the NSW Government.

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