Central Park Tree Gets A Second Life

    Locals were very upset when one of the most beautiful trees in Lane Cove had to be removed due to safety concerns.

    The Central Park Angophora Costata was thought to have been planted in the early 1900’s.  The trees is commonly known as a Sydney Red Gum or Smooth Barked Apple Tree.  The tree had a rusty stained bark.


    The tree has proudly stood in Central Park just outside the Lane Cove Tennis Club.  When a notice was placed on the tree advising the tree to be removed, locals were upset and asked Lane Cove Council to obtain a second arborist report.  The new report concluded the tree was a safety risk.

    A goodbye ceremony for the tree was held by Lane Cove Bushland Lane and Conservation Society and Mitch Gibson from Yogabowl (whose studio used to overlook the tree).

    A Natural Sculpture is Born

    The Lane Cove Council has left some of the branches, that now form a beautiful natural sculpture.  Soon the caution tapes will be removed and you will be encouraged to sit, climb and enjoy the tree sculpture.  The ends have been beautifully finished off.

    Work in Progress
    Nearly There
    Mr Doggy ITC enjoying the finished sculpture


    ITC looks forward to seeing people enjoy a natural sculpture.  Reusing natural elements is starting to become a Lane Cove Council signature look.

    Sandstone from the Rosenthal Avenue development are now a seating area at the playground end of Kingsford Smith Oval.

    Where Is Central Park?

    Central Park is bounded by William Edward Street & Kenneth Street, Longueville.

    Central Park is a level-grassed park with a rose garden.

    Facilities include:

    • Children’s swing
    • Toilets
    • Parking (on-street in Kenneth & William Edward Streets).

    There is a tennis practice wall and five tennis courts are available at the adjoining Lane Cove Tennis Club.

    This park is an alcohol free zone between 8pm and 8am daily.

    Recently Tennis NSW posted these pictures of Lane Cove Tennis Club on their website – you can see Central Park’s beauty.  Central Park comes alive each year with the 7 Bridges Walk as it is a pit stop.

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