The Establishment of the Friends of the Parkland Walk
The Friends of the Parkland Walk is an association formed in 1988 when the linear park was threatened by a plan to build a dual carriageway along its route.
The threat was withdrawn following a vigorous and well-supported campaign by the FPW and a sea change in transport thinking. For a while the Friends continued with conservation work in association with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, now renamed The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), then became dormant. In 2004 the 50th anniversary of the last passenger train was celebrated with a festival on the Walk and the idea for re-invigorating the Friends started. It is now re-established and dedicated to preserving the unique character of the Walk, and resolving issues around investment in, and management of the Walk after years of under-investment.
The FPW officially came alive again in 2007 and monitored proposals to invest in the infrastructure of the Walk. Now the group is part of the Capital Ring of the London Walking Forum's network and has worked with Haringey and Islington plus consultants working on their behalf.
The FPW remains affiliated to TCV and continues to work closely with them and the conservation and parks teams in both Haringey and Islington councils.
General aims and activities
The Friends continue to monitor the condition of the nature reserve and its infrastructure, including any neighbouring developments that could threaten its habitats.
Encroachment is one of the biggest threats to the Walk. We are engaged with the relevant staff to defend the Walk against developers and others taking land away from public enjoyment.
We continue to be involved in the development of plans to manage both Haringey and Islington areas of the Walk, including its ecology, the style of signs, entrances and other issues of clearance and maintenance of trees and other vegetation.
Our volunteers undertake litter collection and vegetation control, but are aware that a balance needs to be struck between our involvement and the responsibilities of the local councils.