Vicki Cheape is one of our recent recruits. Vicki
currently works as a Park Attendant at Helix Park, making sure the
Park is clean and tidy and ensuring the peaceful co-existence of
the various flora and faunae in the Park.
For over a year, I lived in the outback of Australia in a remote
town called Bowoloola. I worked as a station hand on an aboriginal
cattle station called Seven Emus. Australia has such a delicate eco
system, in terms of both flora and fauna, and I learned how
important it is to carefully manage ecosystems.
I returned from Australia in October 2014 and immediately looked
for a job related to the outdoors and nature. Having been away from
home for over two years, I was overwhelmed to see the brand new
Helix Park and The Kelpies right on my doorstep!
I managed to get a job as a Park Attendant, and started my role
in November just past - just as winter started! It was a real shock
after coming back from 40 degree heat in Australia!
What really surprised me was the huge amount of nature that
thrives in The Helix project. I love watching the Roe Deer in the
mornings, grazing by the Lagoon, or the heron which seems to be the
bravest bird ever - they're quite happy to stand and watch us
For the past week myself and my colleague Jonny have been
working on the upcoming bat roost in Helix Park, a place designed
to encourage bat breeding and provide shelter for bats. Bats are an
important part of any ecosystem - they serve as pollinators, seed
dispersers and insect-eaters - so it's important that we take steps
to facilitate the conservation of bats. The new bat roost is a
great first step!
Myself and Steve - another of my colleagues - have been creating
other habitats for the fauna around the Park to thrive in. I think
this is a great way to reuse Helix wood and brush in the park.
I'm excited to be involved with The Helix and to contribute to
its future plans - including getting the public more involved with
the nature that we have here!
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