That unassuming patch of green at the corner of Epping and Vimiera Roads in Marsfield NSW has a very important role in the preservation of the natural environment. Stewart Park is home to a few of what is left of the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest, listed by the Scientific Committee in a final determination as an Endangered Ecological Community based on the Threatened Species Conservation Act with created the committee.
A forest near your doorsteps - the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest at Stewart Park in Ryde. Photo credits - Manny Diaz
According to the NSW Scientific Committee, the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (STIF) is the name given to the plant community that is characterised by an assemblage of species that include the following:
The structure of the community was originally forest, but it generally exists now either as woodland or as remnant trees. The total species list of the community is definitely bigger than the list above because many species are present in only one or two sites or even in very small quantity. Sites may also not have all of the assemblage listed as their species composition will be influenced by its size and its recent disturbance history.
A shared foot and bike path makes Stewart Park accessible from the bike lane along Epping Road. Photo credit - Manny Diaz
The STIF occurs within the local government areas Ashfield, Auburn, Canterbury, Concord, Drummoyne, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Bankstown, Ryde, Hunters Hill, Baulkham Hills, Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, Parramatta, Bankstown, Rockdale, Kogarah, Hurstville, and Sutherland.
The area around Stewart Park, located in Ryde, is currently being renovated as part of the developments around the local government area. It is already a good place to have a peaceful walk despite its proximity to a major thoroughfare.
Towering trees at Stewart Park makes for a peaceful walk surrounded by nature.