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Stewart Park, Marsfield

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by Manuel (subscribe)
Freelance writer and street photographer
Published July 4th 2020
Help conserve the remnants of the STI Forest
Stewart Park in Marsfield NSW
Stewart Park is home to what remains of a Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest. Photo credits - Manny Diaz

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.

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A forest near your doorsteps - the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest at Stewart Park in Ryde. Photo credits - Manny Diaz

Click here for more information from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

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:

Acacia decurrens
Acacia falcata
Acacia implexa
Acacia longifolia
Acacia myrtifolia
Acacia parramattensis
Allocasuarina torulosa
Angophora costata
Angophora floribunda
Aristida vagans
Billardiera scandens
Breynia oblongifolia
Bursaria spinosa
Centella asiatica
Cheilanthes sieberi
Clematis aristata
Clematis glycinoides
Clerodendrum tomentosum
Commelina cyanea
Corymbia gummifera
Daviesia ulicifolia
Dianella caerulea
Dichelachne rara
Dichondra repens
Dodonaea triquetra
Echinopogon caespitosus
Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Entolasia marginata
Entolasia stricta
Eucalyptus acmenoides
Eucalyptus globoidea
Eucalyptus paniculata
Eucalyptus resinifera
Exocarpos cupressiformis
Glycine clandestina
Goodenea hederacea
Goodenia heterophylla
Hardenbergia violacea
Imperata cylindrica
Indigofera australis
Kennedia rubicunda
Kunzea ambigua
Lepidosperma laterale
Leucopogon juniperinus
Lomandra longifolia
Melaleuca decora
Microlaena stipoides
Notelaea longifolia
Oplismenus aemulus
Oxalis exilis
Ozothamnus diosmifolius
Pandorea pandorana
Panicum simile
Pittosporum revolutum
Pittosporum undulatum
Poa affinis
Polyscias sambucifolius
Pomax umbellata
Poranthera microphylla
Pratia purpurascens
Pseuderanthemum variabile
Rapanea variabilis
Rubus parvifolius
Smilax glyciphylla
Stipa pubescens
Syncarpia glomulifera
Themeda australis
Tylophora barbata
Veronica plebeia
Zieria smithii

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We are lucky to have the remnants of a forest at our doorsteps - Please help preserve them. Photo credits - Manny Diaz

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.

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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.

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Towering trees at Stewart Park makes for a peaceful walk surrounded by nature.
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Where: Corner of Epping and Vimiera Roads, Marsfield NSW
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