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.
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
Sunday 15th January, 10.00 - 14.00 We will be combining with TCV volunteers to carry out essential management of the meadow area in Stroud Green. MAP
Thursday 19th January, 10.30 - 15.30 Islington Nature Conservation Team are coppicing hazel and elder along the path. This is a traditional technique which allows more light to the ground to encourage flowers to come up, and increases the life of the trees. We will also manage the ivy in certain trees.*
Saturday 21st, 10.00 - 12.00 The second of our two sessions to reduce bramble growth on the meadow area in Stroud Green. MAP
Tuesday 24th January, 10.00 - 15.00 Join TCV volunteers for the final session on the meadow area in Stroud Green. MAP
Wednesday 1st February, 10.00 - 12.00 TCV will begin construction of the pond on the Wildlife Trail MAP
Saturday or Sunday 11th/12th February 10.00 - 12.00. Friends session TBA. We will most likely only run one of these sessions so please let us know which you would prefer. In the past a number of people have said they can't make the Saturday and we're considering whether to make Sunday a regular option.
Tuesday 28th February, 10.00 - 15.00 Join TCV volunteers planting whips along the boundary of the Wildlife Trail. MAP
March - The Wildlife Trail takes shape and National Litter Campaign
We will be working closely with The Conservation Volunteers over the first 2 weeks of March to establish a wood chip path around the Nature Trail site. We will secure a raised path perimeter made from suitable limbs felled from trees and fill the space with wood chip. We will also be creating a number of 'dead hedges' to establish a boundary with the main Parkland Walk Path. TCV and their Biodiversity Action Teams are active across the borough handling more structural tasks associated with sites like ours, so if that appeals to you do drop in and give the team a hand. MAP
Friday 3rd March - Sunday 5th March This is National Keep Britain Tidy Litter Campaign Weekend. We'll be putting on a litter pick session on one of the weekend days and you can join us, but if you have areas near you that need clearing why not get a team of neighbours together and organise your own event. Let us know your plans and we'll give you a hand getting bags, gloves and litter picking tools - all free.
Monday 6th - Thursday 8th 10.00 - 3.00 Wildlife Trail path and dead hedging with TCV and BAT teams
Monday 13th and - Tuesday 14th 10.00 - 3.00 Wildlife Trail path and dead hedging with TCV and BAT teams