It's a sad fact but one of the biggest threats to the walk is encroachment. This takes many forms from tipping of rubbish (non organic and even garden rubbish) to householders trying to extend their gardens into the walk or building on the boundary, which can have a catastrophic effect on the immediate ecology, or to outright selling off of land by councils of this valuable resource.
For that reason, the FPW make a point of challenging any threat to the land, which is after all designated as Metropolitan Open Land and therefore rightfully a resource for all of us. It should not be regarded by greedy opportunists as land that can be plundered and spoiled. We conducted a survey of the boundary at the beginning of 2013 and found 37 instances where we believe residents have acquired land that does not belong to them. Haringey council has taken the first case to court successfully and we are now engaged in commissioning surveyors to help us prepare cases against other residents.
Encroachment by rubbish and garden waste
Sadly the Nature reserve is regularly spoilt by the disposal of rubbish and there is little need to explain why this is unwanted. Another aspect of encroachment that surprises many is the disposal of garden rubbish. On the face of it one might think that green material rotting down would be a benefit to the nature reserve. This isn't actually the case. The nature reserve is home to wildflowers which naturally grow in poor soils. The addition of large amounts of green material changes the soil content and makes it unsuitable for wildflowers. Residents who argue they are composting should remember that the purpose of compost is to produce nutrient rich material that should be dug back into garden plots.
If you think the walk is being abused or is under threat, please contact us with the details and we will, if necessary, follow up your complaint through the appropriate channels.