Big volunteer turnout needed for our next session on the meadows behind Florence Road, Oct 11th
Saturday 11th October
Digging out bramble root and cutting back sycamore and other saplings. We will be working on a steep slope amongst thorny plants. We will take a break for lunch from 12.00 - 1.00 and will have tea and biscuits on hand. This is a drop-in session, but it will help if you can drop in at 10.00am or 1.00pm so as not to miss the briefing. We can supply gloves but it will help us if you are able to bring garden forks, loppers or secateurs of your own.
The meadow behind Holmesdale Road by the Highgate tunnels - we will be trying to take back some of the meadow lost to bramble, ash and sycamore saplings
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.
Thursday 16th October
Join TCV as they continue our work from the previous Saturday extending the area of meadow behind Florence Road by removing bramble, ash and sycamore saplings.
'Marchland Park' – a poetic sound walk on the Parkland Walk by Annie Runkel
In Annie's own words Marchland Park is 'a poetic sound walk into the wild side of North London’s beautiful Parkland Walk'. Against a background of natural recorded sound, Annie expresses her wonder at discovering the Nature Reserve for the first time, speculating on the juxtaposition of a rural landscape in an urban environment, a nature reserve that was once a bustling, noisy railway line. 'Marchland Walk' is not only a delightfully personal view of the Walk that invites you to consider your own view, but also encapsulates some of the history as your are guided from Crouch Hill to Highgate. You can download her poetic audio guide or stream it to your mobile device. It's recommended you listen with headphones to appreciate the subtleties of the recording and so as to be alone with the experience. marchlandpark.co.uk
Muswell Hill volunteers shed light on the Walk
Friday morning saw a good turnout of volunteers in Muswell Hill (on the hottest day of the year so far) to cut down sycamore saplings at the northern end of the viaduct.
Sycamores have the potential to completely dominate the woodland to the exclusion of many other valued species and to the detriment of the understory which becomes barren and low in insect life. Allowing light to break through will alleviate this issue and by removing stems we also give room for other trees to grow without restriction. The timber is left to break down on site to provide more insect habitats.
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.
Bat Walk with expert Cindy Blaney
Wednesday 17th September 7.15pm
This walk is cancelled due to lack of interest.
Could you be a flora recorder?
Some of those who attended David Bevan's nature walk in July took copious notes and there are discussions about forming our own amateur team of flora recorders.
You don't have to be a fully fledged professional to be a part of this. You could be part of a team lead by an expert.
If you are interested in getting involved, please drop us a line.