Welcome to the Friends of the Parkland Walk
The Parkland Walk is the longest Linear Nature Reserve in London at 4km in length, and follows the former railway line connecting Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace which opened in 1873. 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.
The Wildlife Trail
The Wildlife Trail is a small feature site at the Highgate End. It has only recently opened to the public at the weekends between 9.00am and 6.00pm. Click on the Wildlife Trail link in the main menu to see more on this exciting project.
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 and Litter Picks
Thursday 2nd May, 10.00 - 15.30 Islington Crouch Hill. MAP
The tree trail by the acid grassland, laying wood chip and repairing path edging. Run by Islington Conservation team 1.
Tuesday 28th May, 10.00 - 15.00 Crouch End Hill. MAP
Meet on the Parkland Walk at the Crescent Road entrance. Building stag beetle loggeries. Session run by TCV
Thursday 30th May, 10.00 - 15.00 Crouch End Hill or The Wildlife Trail at the Highgate end.
This session is currently listed as a continuation of Tuesday's session but in the event of the task being completed is likely to move to the Wildlife Trail at the Highgate end of Parkland Walk by the entrance from Holmesdale Road. We will try to flag this up on our website if that is the case. Otherwise a notice will be left at the Crescent Road entrance and it only takes about 10 minutes to get to the Wildlife Trail.Session run by TCV
Sunday 9th June, 14.00 - 16.00 Wildlife Trail at Highgate MAP
Various tasks around the Trail to keep it in good order
Tuesday 25th June, 10.00 - 15.00 Wildlife Trail at Highgate MAP
Various tasks around the Trail
Thursday 27th June, 10.00 - 15.00 'The Miltons', Highgate MAP
Bank clearance - removing ash, sycamore saplings and coppicing
Saturday 13th July, 10.00 - 12.00 Wildlife Trail at Highgate MAP
Various tasks around the Trail to keep it in good order.
Tuesday 23rd July, 10.00 - 15.00 Muswell Hill MAP
Removing saplings and bramble to keep a south facing embankment exposed for wildflowers
Thursday 25th July, 10.00 - 15.00 'The Miltons', Highgate MAP
Working eastwards starting from the bridge at Northwood Road, cutting back Cherry laurel and removing bramble from recently exposed banks by the bridge at Stanhope Road
All Islington Nature Conservation Team's events for the autumn can be found in their Volunteer Newsletter