Community Nursery

Volunteers working in polyhouse

Volunteering at the Nursery

Join our friendly group of volunteers and help grow local native plants for community and Council projects. Guided by knowledgeable staff, volunteers at the Community Nursery help propagate over 10,000 seedlings each year! Nursery activities include cleaning and sowing seeds, potting up seedlings, nursery maintenance and bush regeneration in the adjacent Stoney Gully.

Plants propagated at the Nursery are not for sale, but are used in many Council programs such as Bushcare, Backyard Habitat Program, bush regeneration and revegetation projects, community plant give-aways and more. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the Community Nursery, please contact Council's Bushcare Co-ordinator Jim Casimir on 9911 3579 or email


Location and Opening Hours

The Lane Cove Community Nursery is located via a short bush walk from the car park in Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West. Disabled access only is available from Banksia Close, as parking in this area is limited.

Weekdays: Volunteers meet each Friday between 10.30am and 3.30pm

Weekend workshops and activities: 1st Saturday of the month, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Next workshop

Learn about plant propagation and more at our regular workshops, which are advertised through our Nature Connections Walks and Talks program.


Native plants for your garden

Planting natives is a great way to support biodiversity in our area. Plants are available to residents through the Backyard Habitat Program. This free program supports residents in designing a garden for local wildlife using native plants, as well as creating spaces to enjoy. 
All enquiries about Backyard Habitat Program and plant orders should go through Council's Backyard Habitat Officer on 9911 3654 or

Nursery beginnings

Council'sCommunity Nursery was established in 2005 as part of Council's Sustainability Action Plan, Think Global Act Local. On site there isa propagation nursery, Bushcare siteand Eco garden. The nursery has an undercover propagation area and shed, polyhouses, rainwater tank and a shade house.

The Lane Cove Community Nursery and Eco garden opened in June 2005 and has been funded by a number of grants and programs including:

“Our Environment - it's a living thing" a State Government program - initial set up costs.
Lane Cove Council Sustainability Levy - benches in the polyhouse, irrigation upgrades and plant dispatch area
Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society - A Federal Grant under the Envirofund program to work towards the regeneration and revegetation of the nursery's surrounding bushland area,Stoney Gully / Eco garden group.