Protecting Trees with Hollows - Ross Street Road Reserve

Submissions closed on 14 March 2021, 11:59 PM


As part of City of Ryde’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment, Council will be undertaking improvements in the Ross Street Road Reserve to help protect a tree with hollows. The proposed upgrade includes the construction of a fence and planting of new native trees in a section of the Reserve to create a buffer around a tree with hollows, which are becoming rarer throughout the Sydney area.

What are tree hollows?

Tree hollows are holes or partially enclosed cavities that naturally form in old trees. Large hollows generally occur in trees that are over 100 years old.

Why are tree hollows important?

Many native Australian birds and mammals such as possums, cockatoos and lorikeets rely on tree hollows for part or all of their habitat.

In the Ross Street Road Reserve, we have an old remnant tree that has formed hollows over time. Native animals have been seen nesting, roosting, foraging and sheltering in these hollows. This makes these hollows important for helping the survival of our native species.

Why do tree hollows need protecting?

Trees with hollows are becoming much rarer and this is impacting the population of our native animals that are dependent on these hollows. By creating a buffer through fencing and planting new trees this will help protect the tree with hollows and the survival of some of our vulnerable animal species and encourage diversity in our wildlife.

Council would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed upgrade. 


You can Have Your Say on Protecting Trees with Hollows in a number of ways including completing the submission form below, via e-mail or post. 

Written submissions must be clearly marked as 'Protecting Trees with Hollows' and will be received up until Sunday 14 March 2021. They can be sent to: 

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