Trees are the largest and oldest living plants on our planet. Whether trees are in wild spaces or urban places, they play a valuable role giving us oxygen, storing carbon, stabilising the soil, controlling temperature and providing food and shelter for wildlife. Trees also provide us with material for building and products, such as paper and furniture.
Lane Cove's Tree Trails introduce residents and visitors to a variety of trees on three local walking routes. Trees are a valuable part of our community and the trails are an opportunity for residents to enjoy, value and learn about our urban trees. Two of these routes can be walked or cycled.
There are three tree trails to explore:
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. Some of the trees on the trails you may already know and others may be a new discovery for you. Local trees are important habitat for native wildlife providing food and shelter. Trees are an essential part of the North Shore and it is important to value and protect our local trees for future generations to come.
Download a copy of the Lane Cove Tree Trails map
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
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
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
What is the Lane Cove Tree Trails Project?
The project's aim is to encourage the community to enjoy, value and conserve local trees. Walking or cycling along the three tree trails is a great way to get to know Lane Cove's local trees. Residents also have the opportunity to nominate their favourite trees.
Nominate your favourite tree
Do you have a favourite tree in Lane Cove? If so, nominate your tree and tell us your story – why is this tree special to you and how long have you enjoyed it? Council would love to hear from you...
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 - Trees muffle 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 - They screen 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 - Trees help cleanse the air by absorbing airborne particles and reducing air temperature. Carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are pollutants that 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. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change. Trees play an important role for individual carbon storage and collectively a forest is a giant carbon sink that can lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process stores carbon in wood, instead of creating greenhouse gas.
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 are said to 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 for native wildlife - Trees provide food and homes. Blossums, fruit, leaves and bark provide food for a variety of native animals from insects to possums. Possums, owls, parrots and native bees need trees for hollows for their nesting sites. A mature urban tree in your garden or street will allow a Brushtail possum to use their natural habitat as a hollow, instead of your roof space!
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 or to find out more about the benefits and conditions of Lane Cove's street trees - Tree Plotter is a comprehensive online tree inventory and database of local street trees. Residents can look up their favourite tree and find out its Eco Benefits such as air quality, carbon stored and stormwater runoff. The database also allows Council to monitor the age, health and general condition of trees in the area as well as map the distribution of tree species. This vital information will assist Council in its management of trees and in determining locations for future planting sites.
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).