The Wildlife Trail
We are making good progress on the Trail. The paths (now aggregate rather than wood chip) are largely in place along with some habitat features such as the bug hotel and stag beetle loggery and most significantly the pond. We were able to open the site to the public for a day in September for the first time when we also took the opportunity to invite other groups involved in nature activities and held a 'Nature Day'.
Low level chestnut paling fencing helps to protect the area. We kindly ask that people do not enter the site, and ask dog owners to keep their pets out of this environmentally sensitive area, so that seedlings, bulbs and other plants are able to establish undisturbed. Hedging 'whips' planted at the end of last year are generally coming on well despite the hard summer.
There is a lot of work to be done now and we are on the look out for anyone who would like to join our small team of volunteers to help us make progress. If you would like to be involved in supporting the conservation work as a volunteer, please get in touch. We are especially interested in forming a core team of helpers who will focus on this one site. We could introduce a regular weekday session and will do so if there are enough people interested in getting involved. We are open to ideas and suggestions.
An exciting new addition to the nature reserve
Unlike much of the Walk which is formed by steep embankments or cuttings, this location is on gently sloping ground to the side of the main path shortly after entering from Holmesdale Road. The ground was considered poor in terms of habitat when we first looked at it in 2015 and the Conservation Officer for Haringey recommended it would benefit from intervention. This design gives an indication of the general plan creating pockets of interest and a variety of habitats around a meandering path. The site would be bounded by hedging as much as possible to encourage birds and the path interspersed with information boards to help identify flora and fauna, explain habitats and to give simple affordable ideas that you can introduce into your own garden to make it more wildlife friendly! Click here for our original proposal document
Improving The Parkland Walk
This would also be of benefit to the Parkland Walk as a whole, as the habitats would be greatly improved, and over time we would hope to see a number of fauna species adopting the site. The Parkland Walk is a Green Flag Award site. This project would go towards meeting the following Green Flag judges' recommendations:
1) To meet targets already laid out in the Habitat action plan
2) Increase the amount of interpretation material explaining improvements and conservation policy
3) Address issues of dog fouling
4) Include more corporate volunteering days
5) Addressing the public perception that the Walk is unchanged/worse than it was 5 years ago
6) Build on the success of the Big Clean Day by involving the community
How can you be a part of this venture?
There are so many ways you can help. There are still jobs to be done and these will be flagged up on our volunteering page and via our newsletters (sign up if you haven't already). Maintenance is going to be the one thing that ensures the future of the site. We had originally thought to leave the trail site permanently open but we now believe it is in the interests of the site, and indeed the neighbours, if the trail remains closed during weekdays and opened at certain hours over weekends. This would require establishing a group of friends who would run a rota to see the unlocking and securing of the site. Local schools would be able to have access for school projects throughout the week.
This is a project for the community and we would really like the community to be involved in looking after the site. Ideally we would see a team of volunteers who check out the trail on a regular basis and respond to any immediate needs. Most of the time this will mean the removal of litter, weeding the path stocking up feeders etc, but there will no doubt be times when bigger tasks need doing. Having neighbours keeping an eye on the site and reporting damage to us, or the council as appropriate, is going to be so important. You might also be someone who can guide visitors around the trail. You on't need to know a huge amount about nature conservation to be able to explain what the Trail is about and we can help provide guides with the key information. We would like to offer children's sessions and are looking for volunteers to run those.
We have received £12,000 funding from Tesco's Bags of Help Initiative towards this project.