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Welcome to Alexandra Park
in North London

Alexandra Park is a delightful mixture of informal woodland, open grassland, formal gardens and attractions such as the boating lake, cafés and the pitch-and-putt course. It covers 196 acres around Alexandra Palace in North London.

The Friends of Alexandra Park is a voluntary group that promotes the use of the Park, encourages the conservation of its wildlife and protects the Park from unwanted development. 


Friends Tweets

  • We organise walks and talks about trees, bats, fungi, moths, insects, birds and the history of Alexandra Park. You can also join our work parties.

 

 

  • We run the Park Visitor Centre, where you can find out more about the park; there are also activities for children. In the winter months, we open every Sunday 11 am to 1 pm and also the first Saturday of the month.





Friends Upcoming Events



Conservation Work Party

Monday, 25th March 10am to 12:30pm


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Spring should have become evident with new growth pushing through. Unfortunately this will include the bramble - so our battle will continue. If it is as hot as February's date, we will be in shorts.

Hope to see our first butterflies during the morning if the weather is kind (should be in better condition than the brimstone in the picture).

No special skills required; enjoy exercise, plenty of fresh air and good conversation. Please bring secateurs if you have them, but we have extras you can use. 

We usually work from 10 am to 12.30 pm, but come for as long as you want. Meet at the Butterfly Meadow, if you know it, or at the finger post where the path from North View Road meets the Lower Road, at 10 am. 





Talk: Swift Conservation Trust

Thursday, 28th March 7:30pm for 8:00pm


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Swifts are with us for just three months each summer, bringing spectacular action, drama and excitement to our skies.
These amazing birds have shared our buildings since the Romans came to Britain. They still breed in our eves and gables but, as new and renovated buildings exclude them, for how much longer? We have lost over half of our swifts in just the past 20 years.

Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation, will tell us all about swifts, why they matter and how we can help them thrive. Maybe swift boxes on the Palace?

Join us for refreshments from 7:30pm with the talk starting at 8pm prompt.   Space is limited, so please email allyparkn10@gmail.com to book places and we will reply, letting you know the venue.



Spring Tree Walk

Saturday, 13th April 2pm to 3:17pm

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Come and join one of our popular tree walks. We have 3 or 4 every year looking at all aspects of trees. Flowers, identification, etc...

We’ll plan to start from the BBC Tower at 2.00 pm and go down to have a look at the South Slope planting from the 1980s, hopefully walking through those trees if it is not too muddy. Then back up by the mini-golf, and tea at the boating lake for those who fancy it.

Hoping for weather like this picture from the same time last year.....







Friends' Recent Events

Members Walk: Our Watery Neighbours

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Meeting at the Gas Hut, we walked along the eastern edge of the Park to the first viewing platform just after the Nature Pond. We heard about the New River which was completed in 1613 and originally ran along that edge of the present Park boundary. It was later moved (1850) to alongside the railway where it presently runs passing behind the Wood Green reservoir also originally in place before the Park was created.

We heard how a group of activists helped save the New River back in the 1980s. It now provides about 8% of London's water.

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We moved just outside the Park to look at the Filter Beds (another link to another filter bed picture). Here, there are plans to build 300 houses on the Metropolitan Open Land. Other locals are keen to transform the area into a wetlands to provide valuable green space for the addition housing already happening in the area (where the old gas holders used to be).

There was a great turn out for this walk - 27 people braved the wind so there is quite an interest for this subject.






Spring Litter Clear

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Muriel, Michael, Jane, Gordon, Roslyn, Stephen, Robert, Alison, Liz, Patricia, Robyn, Adrian and Beatrice all came to make a difference to Alexandra Park. 

As well working around the trees, we pushed into the brambles and the blackthorn and generally into the shrubby bits to remove some of the hard-to-get litter before the Spring growth covers it up.

Spot four of us in the picture to the left.




February Conservation Work Party

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A baker's dozen or so of Friends turned up to attack the brambles this month amid the unseasonably warm weather.

No butterflies, but a Satellite moth was seen (pictured left), and, at the end of our work session, a 7 spot ladybird came to investigate a knapsack strap.

We cleared a lot bramble and our work was aided by TCV who continued on into the afternoon.

As always, we had Jane to thank for some needed refreshing juice and energy-giving biscuits.

Join us next month on Monday, 25th March.






Talk - Haringey's Biodiversity:
future plans, projects and opportunities

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Ed Santry, Haringey's Nature Conservation officer, gave us a talk on his plans for the future. He outlined the present structure within the Council with some significant upsides with 6 new local Parks Project Officers each taking a section of the Haringey with Ed, himself, retaining responsibility for the Ancient Woodlands and Nature Reserves in the Borough. One downside was the fact that there are two empty Tree Officer posts to be filled.

Ed summarised the list of Green Spaces within the Borough and their difference statuses (SINC, SSSI, Metropolitan Open Land, etc.) as well emphasising the fact that he wished to
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encourage joined up thinking with green corridors within and extending across Council boundaries.

One of the future jobs is to look at new Biodiversity Action Plans (B.A.P.s) which will not only focus on Parks, Woods, Bats, Allotments, but also the green areas in and around housing developments.

He put up a slide of some of the invasive species that he has to monitor and counteract.

He asked us also to participate by citing our priorities within Alexandra Park and wider Borough. Also to cite courses and training that we thought might be useful. (He collected up the Post-its at the end to study them later....)

Finally, one of Ed's take-away thoughts/ideas was to say was that in his job it is important to interact with Friends' group and also for them to help each other.



The Conservation Volunteers

February 2019

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TCV worked around the Butterfly Meadow in the Park this month on the same day as the Friends' volunteers. TCV spent a good deal of time clearing some saplings along the edge of the Lower Path below the meadow.

Other jobs involved removing some leaves in the meadow itself as well as helping out with the bramble clearing (picture).

The weather was extra-ordinary for February with temperatures approaching 20 degrees.



The next conservation session in the Park will be on Wednesday, 27th March. Meet at 10am. To book or for more information contact Tom Nandi our BAT East Project Officer, email t.nandi@tcv.org.uk or call on Tel: 07917 267 573.









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