Welcome to The Friends of the Parkland Walk
A comprehensive source of information for the past, present and future of The Parkland Walk. We are here to help protect and conserve London’s longest linear nature reserve and to make it as accessible as possible to you.
The Quarterly Newsletter
DOWNLOAD The summer newsletter here. Has graffiti got out of control on the Walk? Should Islington council relocate the skateboard and replace it with a facility that would appeal to more children?
Conservation activities at a glance
The Friends hold a work session every second Saturday of the month for 2 hours. There is usually at least 1 longer session each month run by The Conservation Volunteers on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Saturday 12th July
Meet on the Walk off Stapleton Hall Road. We will be trimming the edges of the path and removing bramble runners that threaten to scratch unwary passers by. We will provide tools and gloves. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring something to drink, especially if its a hot day.
Next session to be announced
Next conservation session
Saturday 12th July 10.00 - 12.00 Meet on the Walk off Stapleton Hall Road. We will be trimming the edges of the path and removing bramble runners that threaten to scratch unwary passers by. We will provide tools and gloves. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring something to drink, especially if its a hot day.
Is graffiti getting out of control?
Walkers may have noticed that the volume of graffiti appears to be increasing not only at Crouch Hill, but also further down the length of the Parkland Walk. Many passers by are great admirers of some of the paintwork, but others are asking if it is now out of control. Recently 8 artists were working openly on a Sunday afternoon. The fumes were overpowering, and birdsong noticeably dropped off within 100 metres of the area. We have also noticed that some rare ferns that were growing on the brickwork have been sprayed and died.
Graffiti, it should be remembered is a criminal offence, and the Parkland Walk is also a designated Nature Reserve. FPW are currently working closely with Islington and Haringey councils to review the current situation. What are your views? Should it be banned altogether, controlled in a defined area with rigid enforcement or is the whole Walk fair game? We would like to hear your thoughts.
Boarder or walker? Both deserve better
Islington Play and Youth Service recently replaced the old vandalised skateboard ramp in Crouch Hill. Sadly they didn't carry out any consultation with local residents or stakeholder groups over the design and made no effort to come up with a solution that showed any sympathy with the Nature Reserve and ignored requests to provide a design that included significant sound proofing.
We spoke to one skateboarder who agreed it was one of the noisiest ramps he had ever boarded on. Others have told us that this is a challenging ramp that is more suitable for experienced boarders, unsuitable for beginners and inferior to the facility in Finsbury Park.
Other users of the Walk, who support the premise of a ramp are disappointed that there has been no attempt to incorporate it into the landscape, arguing that it could have been turned 90 degrees and set into the bank giving much better access to skateboarders and would be less visually impactive on the Nature Reserve.
We have always accepted that the skateboard ramp was a popular facility for local children and did not oppose it's successor as we were given assurances that the ramp would be on the same footprint and be designed sensitively to the surroundings. The ramp is in fact 30% larger, not built with a view to minimising noise and is a complete eyesore.
Are you a budding botanist, bird watcher or entomologist?
If you are interested in getting involved, please drop us a line.
Milton Park entrance
Thank you to those who joined us on Saturday 10th May to continue our coppicing programme on the embankment at Milton Park. Opening up the embankment to light will bring regeneration to the understory and with that, an increased presence of insects. In time we hope to see the return of slow worm that were last seen here over ten years ago.
Muswell Hill volunteers
We now have a small group of volunteers in the Muswell Hill area who meet under the supervision of our chair, Simon Olley.