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 that we are developing at the Highgate End due for regular opening to the public in the spring 2019. Click on the Wildlife Trail link in the main menu to see 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.
Our 2018 Christmas cards are now available
Select the Christmas Card link in the main menu.
Conservation Days and courses
Saturday 8th December, No session
Our normal 2nd Saturday of the month session is cancelled as everyone focuses on Christmas!
Thursday 13th December, 10.00 - 15.00 The Wildlife Trail at the Highgate end of the Walk. MAP
TCV. Installing a gate and carrying out a range of path and edging maintenance tasks.
Thursday 13th December, 10.00 - 15.30 Islington Crouch Hill. MAP
Acid Grassland and other tasks. We’re maintaining this important part of the
nature reserve: raking the leaves from the grassland to keep the nutrients low, and
carrying out fence repairs. Run by Islington Conservation team 1.
2019 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Saturday 12th January, 10.00 - 12.00, Platforms at Crouch End Hill MAP
Start your weekend and New Year Resolution to be more active in 2019 by joining us for a couple of hours as we cat back on the vegetation growing over the platforms.
Tuesday 15th January, 10.00 - 15.00 Stroud Green. MAP
TCV. Cutting back bramble around the edges of this grassland area. Drop in for as long as you want. Free tea and biscuits available.
Thursday 17th January, 10.00 - 15.00 Stroud Green. MAP
We keep up the good fight against the meadow's arch rival - bramble. Drop in for as long as you want. Free tea and biscuits available.
Thursday 17th January, 10.00 - 15.30 Islington Crouch Hill. MAP
Woodland management. We are coppicing Hazel on the bank which we seeded with wildflowers. 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 be keeping the drainage channel clear along the main path. Run by Islington Conservation team 1.
Sunday 20th January, 10.00 - 2.00pm
Winter Tree Identification Course, venue Railway Fields LNR. 2
This training day will provide you with the skills to use basic garden design concepts to plan, develop and enhance your garden or area of green space to attract a wider diversity of wildlife.
All Islington Nature Conservation Team's events for the autumn can be found in their Autumn Volunteer Newsletter