Welcome to the Friends of the Parkland Walk
The Parkland Walk is the longest Linear Nature Reserve in London and follows the former railway line connecting Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace which opened in 1873. The Parkland Walk has been owned by Haringey and Islington Councils since the mid 70s but only became a nature reserve in 1990. Unfortunately it isn't possible to walk the whole of the former route for various reasons. Some parts have been built upon, some are under other ownership and two pairs of railway tunnels were blocked off for safety reasons and have now become bat sanctuaries.
During it's time as a railway line any trees near the track were removed. Most of the trees have been established over the last 55 years so that the area has undergone a succession of states from grassland to low scrub and is now in many places in a 'climax' state of dense woodland. This climax state is not a good ecological position and the Friends are involved in conservation tasks to try to develop rich and varied habitats. More information can be found on our Conservation Policy page.
The Walk is home to a wide range of bird and insect life and, as birds in particular make the most of what is on offer, the sound of birdsong in spring is often found to be denser than in the country. Due to the volume of people that use the Walk now and due to habitat changes many mammal species that were once seen such as the muntjac deer are no longer present.
A rural retreat
For many people The Parkland Walk is a popular leisure route. Its fame is now global as it often features on 'must do' lists for visitors from oversees. At times it can be quite busy and weekends bring walkers, dog walkers, runners and cyclists all out to take advantage of the weather and escape from the urban hullabaloo.
We have a small but dedicated group of volunteers who come out to help us maintain and improve the ecology of the Walk. It's a big task that could benefit from more hands and we always welcome anyone who can help in any capacity. No knowledge of conservation is required, just the desire to want to help make The Parkland Walk a better place for everyone. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, improve your health and fitness and also learn about the natural world.
Conservation Days coming up
Tuesday 18th October, 10.00 - 15.00 The Conservation Volunteers will also be at our new Wildlife and Nature Trail. They supply gloves, tools and guidance and also tea and biscuits during the day. MAP
Thursday 20th October, 10.00 - 15.00 The Conservation Volunteers will be back at the new Wildlife and Nature Trail. They supply gloves, tools and guidance and also tea and biscuits during the day. MAP
Saturday 12th November, 10.00 - 12.00 Task is yet to be decided but is most likely to be either at the Wildlife and Nature Trail site as above, or at the open grassland area between Stapleton Hall Road and Upper Tollington Park. We supply gloves, tools and guidance and afterwards those who wish can head to a nearby hostelry for a well earned refreshment and a chin wag.