Welcome to The Friends of the Parkland Walk
A comprehensive source of information for the past, present and future of The Parkland Walk. We are here to help protect and conserve London’s longest linear nature reserve and to make it as accessible as possible to you.
The Quarterly Newsletter
DOWNLOAD The summer newsletter here. Has graffiti got out of control on the Walk? Should Islington council relocate the skateboard and replace it with a facility that would appeal to more children?
Conservation activities at a glance
The Friends hold a work session every second Saturday of the month for 2 hours. There is usually at least 1 longer session each month run by The Conservation Volunteers on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Saturday 9th August
Cutting back along the southern platform at Crouch End Hill. MAP
Next session to be announced
Next conservation session at Crouch End Hill
Saturday 9th August 10.00 - 12.00
Following some amazing work by volunteers from HOPE worldwide on the northern platform at Crouch End Hill earlier this month, we are going to revisit the area to widen the southern platform. We will bring tools, but we've found spades are useful and we don't have any (would you believe it!) so if you can bring any tools of your own, that will help us ensure everyone will be equipped. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring something to drink, especially if its a hot day. There's a cafe at the top of the steps. MAP
HOPE for the platforms
We struggle at times to get volunteers to help us in our work so we were thrilled to get the help of 16 young volunteers at the beginning of July in our attempts to prevent the platforms from disappearing under vegetation at Crouch End Hill. They threw themselves into the task with all the gusto you might expect from young people motivated to be active in their community and we hope we'll benefit from their efforts again in the future. HOPE worldwide is a christian organisation and charity that works locally and across the world especially in poverty stricken areas, but charity begins at home they say, and we're grateful for all their efforts.
Muswell Hill volunteers shed light on the Walk
Friday morning saw a good turnout of volunteers in Muswell Hill (on the hottest day of the year so far) to cut down sycamore saplings at the northern end of the viaduct.
Sycamores have the potential to completely dominate the woodland to the exclusion of many other valued species and to the detriment of the understory which becomes barren and low in insect life. Allowing light to break through will alleviate this issue and by removing stems we also give room for other trees to grow without restriction. The timber is left to break down on site to provide more insect habitats.
Is graffiti getting out of control?
Walkers may have noticed that the volume of graffiti appears to be increasing not only at Crouch Hill, but also further down the length of the Parkland Walk. Many passers by are great admirers of some of the paintwork, but others are asking if it is now out of control. Recently 8 artists were working openly on a Sunday afternoon. The fumes were overpowering, and birdsong noticeably dropped off within 100 metres of the area. We have also noticed that some rare ferns that were growing on the brickwork have been sprayed and died.
Graffiti, it should be remembered is a criminal offence, and the Parkland Walk is also a designated Nature Reserve. FPW are currently working closely with Islington and Haringey councils to review the current situation. What are your views? Should it be banned altogether, controlled in a defined area with rigid enforcement or is the whole Walk fair game? We would like to hear your thoughts.
Guided walks with expert David Bevan
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