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Tree Trails


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Lane Cove's Tree Trails introduce residents and visitors to a variety of trees on three local walking routes:

Plaza Tree Trail – 1km (walk)                                    

Stringybark Tree Trail – 2km  (walk or cycle)                 

Riverview Tree Trail – 3km    (walk or cycle)                    

Each of these trails has their own map to guide you on your walk or cycle.  Download a copy of the Lane Cove Tree Trails map

The Plaza Tree Trail in Lane Cove is a short 1km walk on mostly level ground.  The trail starts and ends at the Lane Cove Plaza and is wheelchair and stroller-friendly.  Plaza Tree Trail

The Stringybark Tree Trail is a 2km moderate walk or cycle in Lane Cove North.  The route starts at Lane Cove Plaza, crosses Epping Road, follows Parklands Avenue and takes you through Stringybark Reserve and along pleasant tree-lined streets.  Stringybark Tree Trail

The Riverview Tree Trail is both a walking and a cycling trail of 3km through Riverview.  The route starts at the Lane Cove Plaza leading to and including Tambourine Bay Reserve with beautiful water views.  Riverview Tree Trail

Benefits of Trees

Trees improve our urban lifestyle - As well as being beautiful, trees are working, living organisms giving us a range of services that contribute to improving our urban lifestyle;

Trees control noise pollution - muffling urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Planted at strategic points in a neighbourhood or around your house, trees can lessen major noise from urban surroundings. 

Trees offer natural barriers - screening buildings creating privacy or softening the visual impact of the urban landscape.

Trees shade and cool - Shade from trees reduce the need for air conditioning in summer.  Studies have shown that parts of urban areas without trees providing cooling shade become 'heat islands' with higher temperatures than surrounding areas.

Trees clean air - by absorbing airborne particles and reducing air temperature. Pollutants are absorbed by trees. Trees remove this air pollution ​by lowering air temperature, through respiration and by retaining particulates.

Trees produce oxygen - In one season, a mature, leafy tree produces as much oxygen as 10 people inhale in a year. Trees act as filters and many trees in bushland act as a giant filter that cleans the air.   

Trees are carbon sinks - To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in its wood, roots and leaves.  This locking-up process stores carbon in wood, instead of creating greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change.  Trees play an important role for carbon storage. 

Trees help prevent soil erosion - Tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on soil. Trees inhibit soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce stormwater runoff and sediment deposit in waterways.

Trees can increase property values - Real estate values increase when trees beautify a property or neighbourhood. Real estate agents have recognised that a good streetscape and leafy garden trees can add monetary value to properties.

Trees provide homes and food for native wildlife - Many creatures rely on tree hollows for nesting. Blossums, fruit, leaves and bark provide food for a variety of native creatures.    

Whether we realise it or not, trees are an important and essential part of our lives.  Have you thanked a tree today? 

For more information about your local environment contact a member of Council's Backyard Habitat Program 

Tree Plotter - is a comprehensive online tree inventory and database of local street trees. Residents can look up trees and find out their Eco Benefits. The database also allows Council to monitor the age, health and general condition of trees and map the distribution of species. 

Your Safety is Important

When walking the Tree Trail routes, safety is important.  To keep safe as a pedestrian, follow the rules of the road, always cross roads by the shortest safest route and wherever possible at marked crossings (pedestrian crossings, traffic signals or pedestrian refuges).