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
Thursday 8th December, 10.30 - 15.30Join the Islington Nature Conservation Team as they lay woodchip and create loggeries along the tree trail at Crouch Hill as well as raking the leaves from the acid grassland to keep the nutrients low.*
Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th December By this weekend we will hopefully have 2,000 native daffodil and bluebell bulbs to plant. We will shortly be deciding the timings of our sessions, but the task will be divided into two parts. The first will be final preparation of the ground. This will involve removing rubble and digging and shifting some ground. The second task will be the bulb planting and this is something that we hope will appeal to those who would like to bring their children along and it's great when kids can see the fruit of their work in the spring when the ground bursts into colour. We'll supply guidance and refreshments. MAP
Thursday 15th December, 10.00 - 15.00 The Conservation Volunteers will be finishing off any outstanding planting from the weekend, preparing the ground for paths and marking out the pond area. MAP
Sunday 18th December, 10.30 - 14.00 TCV will be carrying out further work on establishing paths around the nature trail site. 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.*