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.
You will see below that we have made two of our sessions 'all-day' sessions as we have a lot to do. We would really welcome a good turn out for this, particularly the October session. We will take a break for an hour at 12. There is no obligation to do the whole day, but it will help us if you start at either 10am or 1.00pm to be present at the briefing.
Saturday 13th September
Blythwood Road - removing bramble, ash and sycamore saplings.
Saturday 11th October
The meadow behind Florence Road - extending the area of meadow by removing bramble, ash and sycamore saplings.
Saturday 8th November
The meadow behind Holmesdale Road by the Highgate tunnels - extending the area of meadow by removing bramble, ash and sycamore saplings
No session on Parkland Walk in August
Buddleia - not the conservationists favourite plant!
Despite its attractiveness and apparent appeal to butterflies, the Buddleia is not a plant that conservationists are keen on. Native to China, it is often seen clinging to buildings and structures where it rapidly breaks up brickwork causing extensive and expensive damage and the Parkland Walk is one such area that suffers from this invasive plant. Those who advocate it is popular with butterflies should know that its nectar is the butterfly equivalent of a MacDonalds meal deal and the scale of the bush as it grows means that it prevents many of the other wildflowers that butterflies should be feeding on from growing. More on this on the BBC's website.
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.
Nature walks with botanist David Bevan
Sunday 31 August 2.00pm
Bat Walk with expert Cindy Blaney
Wednesday 17th September 7.15pm
Could you be a flora recorder?
Some of those who attended David's last walk 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.