Wildflowers in Muswell Hill

The walk is rich in wild flowers, some of which are quite rare. In some cases they only grow in a single location. Please don't pick them. We welcome your photographs to include in this catalogue but please be careful not to kneel on other plants when taking them.

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Japanese knotweed

The Environment Agency states that Japanese Knotweed is the most invasive species of plant in Britain and it spreads extremely quickly, preventing native vegetation from growing.

All those who care about the Parkland Walk need to work together to eradicate the pest called Japanese Knotweed. It may also have migrated into nearby back gardens and we need to work with neighbours to stop it leapfrogging the walk boundary.

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Acid Grassland

The acid grassland, situated between the Mountview Road bridge and the Blythwood Road entrance gate is the only one of its kind along the Walk, or indeed in the whole of Islington. Lowland acid grassland develops on low-nutrient soils on free draining sandy soils. Preventing nutritional development is key to maintaining the unique habitats that are dependant on acidic soil conditions and this is a priority for the team from the Islington Ecology Centre.

Acid grassland

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In 2015, botanist David Bevan conducted a flora survey. The last full survey by David was conducted in 1986. David notes a slight reduction in species numbers and a shift in the balance from dominance by native species to alien species.

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Trees Muswell HillAs you stroll along the Parkland Walk you will notice that there are only a few very mature trees, and that many of these grow close to the boundary fences, well away from the old trackbed. This is the result of policies by previous railway companies to mow the grassy slopes of the embankments and cuttings, and from regular grass fires caused by passing steam trains. Both had the same effect, which was to prevent the growth of woody shrubs and trees, and thereby the development of woodland.

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