Welcome to The Friends of the Parkland Walk website
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.
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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 8th March
This session will concentrate on extending the bramble free zone on the meadow and coppicing of sycamore. This is the last time we will work on this section this winter as nesting birds will start to use the area soon. We will provide tools and gloves. Please watch the weather forecast so you are prepared for conditions. MAP
Thursday 20th March 10.00am, - 3.00pm
Pruning in and around the Oxford Road entrance, Finsbury Park
This entrance has got very overgrown lately which isn't good for the ground cover or for the security of people coming on to the walk. TCV will be cutting it back to allow in more light and make this a much safer place too. Tea and biscuits are provided and you can drop in for as much of the session as you want. This location is just over the footbridge from Finsbury Park. MAP
Next conservation session is Saturday 8th of March
11am - 1.00pm The Meadows behind Florence Road.
This session will concentrate on extending the bramble free zone on the meadow and coppicing of sycamore. MAP
If you have never taken part in one of our work sessions please give it a go. You don't need any previous experience and we try to ensure that there is something appropriate to your level of fitness. These sessions, which happen on the second Saturday of every month, can be a great little work out and a positive and very sociable way of contributing to the good health of the walk. We really do need your help in maintaining the Parkland Walk since the councils' Parks budgets are insufficient to provide the necessary services to tend to the Nature Reserve as prescribed in the Management Plans. So come along, we'll supply gloves, tools and guidance and we'd love to meet you.
If Saturdays isn't good for you, let us know, as we are trying to get feedback on what times suit people best. Also, if you have the time on weekdays, you can join in one of The Conservation Volunteer's sessions. Details are in the right hand column.
A right skateboard rumpus
Islington Play and Youth Service recently replaced the old vandalised skateboard ramp in Crouch Hill. Sadly they didn't carry out any consultation with local residents or stakeholder groups over the design and made no effort to come up with a solution that showed any sympathy with the Nature Reserve and ignored requests to provide a design that included significant sound proofing.
We spoke to one skateboarder who agreed it was one of the noisiest ramps he had ever boarded on.
We have always accepted that the skateboard ramp was a popular facility for local children and did not oppose it's successor as we were given assurances that the ramp would be on the same footprint and be designed sensitively to the surroundings. The ramp is in fact 30% larger and is a complete eyesore.
Parkland Walk Coffee anyone?
FoTPW member and 'creative marketeer' Chris Foster has come up with a cracking fund raising idea for The Walk – The Crouch Ender Coffee.
Chris contacted us rather mysteriously in August asking what we might do with £500 if we had it. Well there are so many projects we would like to tackle and money is often the issue.
Things went quiet, then, a few weeks later, he was back with his proposal to market a coffee to be sold locally with profits going to The Friends of Parkland Walk. After this first batch, profits will be passed on to another local good cause.
We're delighted with the project and the coffee can now be bought in Coffee Circus and a number of other outlets in the area (we will let you know which ones when Chris has the final tally of participating shops). Oh and they'll grind the beans for free.
If you'd like some creative input of your own for your business or project you can find out more at Chris's website The 15percent.com. Drop him a line. He loves to meet up over a coffee.
Coppicing near Milton Park
October saw volunteers from TCV kick off efforts to the reintroduce regular coppicing of the south facing embankment between Northwood Road entrance and the entrance of Milton Park.
This area was once a sunny glade inhabited by slow worm and the Management Plan for the Parkland Walks prescribes a policy of maintaining a suitable habitat.
The introduction of sunny glades in woodland areas greatly increases the bio diversity of the area and we hope to see a host of new wild flowers responding to the new conditions.
This work will continue through the winter months in preparation for the spring.