The Doug Stuart Bushwalk, a 600m loop in Bushland Park, was officially opened on Saturday 8 May. Doug’s wife Norma joined Mayor Pam Palmer and our Councillors to unveil the sign in Doug’s honour (image below).
Doug Stuart was a committed conservationist who moved to Lane Cove in 1970. He lived with his wife Norma and family adjacent to the bushland valley now known as Lane Cove Bushland Park.
Doug Stuart was a founding Executive Member and later President of the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society formed in 1971 during the campaign to save ‘Bushland Park’.
Doug, an architect, was the first to survey and map all of Lane Cove’s bushland and for nearly 50 years he led action to protect the natural environment.
His life-long advocacy was recognised with numerous local and regional awards including Lane Cove Citizen of the Year in 2002.
Lane Cove Bushland Park
There is no place in Sydney quite like Bushland Park. With its towering Eucalypts and Turpentines, twisting lianas and fern-covered floor, this shaded valley is a unique green space and haven for many.
More than 310 native plant species can be found here, including 15 types of orchids. The Coastal Escarpment Littoral Rainforest and Hygrocybeae Fungi Communities found mainly along the creekline of Bushland Park are Threatened Ecologically Communities.
Bushland Park provides valuable habitat for more than 70 bird species and also a range of endangered or vulnerable fauna such as the Powerful Owl, Grey-headed
Flying-Fox, Bent-winged Bat and Red-crowned Toadlet.
The unique biodiversity of this reserve has been supported by bush regeneration work since 1980, with Bushcare volunteers providing valuable assistance from 2003. Strategic weed removal encouraging natural regeneration of native plants continues, protecting this treasured reserve into the future.