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.
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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.
Wednesday 23nd April 10.00am, - 12.00pm Muswell Hill
Clearing bramble and ivy from the Viaduct over St James Lane. This is a continuation of the work achieved by TCV yesterday (see entry below) and will be carried out by The Friends as part of a small Muswelll Hill working group.
Saturday 12th May
Tuesday 22nd April 10.00am, - 3.00pm
Clearing bramble and ivy from the Viaduct over St James Lane.
The brickwork on the viaduct needs to be cleared of ivy and shrubs to prevent it from breaking up. We'll also remove the bramble and reduce the ivy to the side of the path. Great views from here so a lovely location for some conservation work. Tea and biscuits are provided and you can drop in for as much of the session as you want.
Next conservation sessions
Saturday 10th May 10.00 - 12.00 Please come back nearer the time when we will have decided on the most pressing task. TCV will also be holding a midweek session in May. This will be removing cherry laurel and sycamore saplings and will work towards Finsbury Park from the Milton Avenue entrance near Northwood Road.
Muswell Hill Viaduct
TCV volunteers spent a day clearing away ivy from the walls of the viaduct in Muswell Hill. Although attractive, the ivy is damaging the structure.
By removing the ground ivy and bramble we hope grasses will be able to re-establish themselves. The large banks of ivy have also become receptacles of bottles and cans. We will no doubt now need to watch out for grafffiti!
Fixing up the paths
Haringey council have completed repairs on some parts of the Walk badly affected by the heavy rains this winter. The area under Muswell Hill Road is being inspected for repair. At the moment this looks to be a mains leak and therefore a Thames Water issue rather than a Parks department task.
In addition, costings are being gathered to address the very poor steps at the Crouch End Hill entrance (by the platforms).
Haringey pursues encroachment through the courts
Haringey secured it's first victory in a campaign to retake sections of Parkland Walk that are being held illegally. There could be as many as forty instances of misappropriated land and The Friends of Parkland Walk are working hard to ensure that this land is returned. It's clear to us that some residents are actively extending their gardens to increase the value of their property and remove Metropolitan Open Land from the map.
Boarder or walker? Both deserve better
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. Others have told us that this is a challenging ramp that is more suitable for experienced boarders, unsuitable for beginners and inferior to the facility in Finsbury Park.
Other users of the Walk, who support the premise of a ramp are disappointed that there has been no attempt to incorporate it into the landscape, arguing that it could have been turned 90 degrees and set into the bank giving much better access to skateboarders and would be less visually impactive on the Nature Reserve.
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, not built with a view to minimising noise and is a complete eyesore.
Cheese and wine AGM, speaker David Bevan
Please put Monday 28th April in your diary for our AGM. Our speaker will be David Bevan, former conservation officer with Haringey Council. There will be food and refreshments. 7.30 at the CAPE project buiding on Crouch Hill. More details can be found here.
What's your line?
We are desperately in need of people who can help us in a number of areas such as acquiring funding, improving communications and building up a source of teaching materials. If you can spare a small amount of time and have some of these skills, please get in touch so we can talk about the objectives we would like to set for the future and how you might be able to help.
Community Coffee raises funds for FoTPW
The Community Coffee project launched by FoTPW member and 'creative marketeer' Chris Foster, in conjunction with Coffee Circus, has raised £450 for The Friends of The Parkland Walk.
Muswell Hill volunteers
Volunteers in Muswell Hill met at The Famous Royal Oak, St James Lane, on Wednesday (26 March) to discuss opportunities for operating a Muswell Hill wing of FoTPW voluteers.
It was decided to pencil each 3rd Saturday of the month in as a potential work day (10.00 - 12.00).
By creating a mail group we can also arrange to go out midweek if there are three or more volunteers available and willing.
Tasks will include clearing areas of untidy wood and brush piles, litter picking, bramble and ivy containment and path widening.
Crouch Hill litter pick
Thanks to the Few - John Lingford, Andy Embleton, Robert Laslett, Shen Liknaitzky, Michael Radford and Michael Freeman who turned up to haul litter out of the dense undergrowth on the boundary with Mount View Road and Ella Road.
TCV get stuck in at Oxford Road
TCV turned out in force in March to help clear a very dark and foreboding entrance at the Finsbury Park end. More pictures can be seen in the Recent Reports article. Photos courtesy of Stephen Middleton.