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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



Members' Walk: Women’s football – in the 19th Century


Thursday, 4th July 7:30pm to 8:30pm

As the Women’s Football World Cup is underway, it seems a good time to recall the Women’s football match that took place very close to the Park in 1895. 


Meet at the BBC Tower at 7.30pm for a stroll down to Nightingale Lane to consider the possible location of the match, and hopefully enjoy a pleasant evening in the Park.










Palace Band in The Grove


Sunday, 14th July 2pm to 3:25pm

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Our favourite Wind Ensemble will be returning to The Grove - the Palace Band

What can we expect? Contrasting music such as the Radetzky March and I do like to be beside the seaside. So come and sit on grass with a coffee or ice cream and enjoy the music.

Pictures from 2018 and 2015 (links).




History Walk

Wednesday, 24th July 7pm to 8:30pm

For those who know nothing of Alexandra Park's history, and for those who know a little but would like to know more... Join Gordon for a whistle-stop tour of the Park and its history - from balloons to bandstands, cows to Cody, and switchback to swimming pool. The Park has it all - huge crowds, spectacles, sports and fires - lots of fires. Meet at 7pm outside CUFOS the former ticket office for the station, at the top of the Avenue, N10 2QE. (I know it's not in the Park, but it used to be.) 

The walk is free and open to all, so if you have neighbours or friends who might enjoy this walk, please pass this on to them.














 

Conservation Work Party

Tuesday, 30th July 10am to 12:30pm

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The ragwort and knapweed should be out by now attracting even more butterflies...

That's all that inhabits the meadow, last month this splendid male Emperor Dragonfly was patrolling the area. (photo later after it paused on Rosebay Willowherb)

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. 







Friends' Recent Events

London Metropolitan Brass

The London Metropolitan Brass band were up their normal very high standard and treated us to the traditional "Barnard Castle" and diverse tunes including "Under the Boardwalk", "I Got Rhythm" and "Georgia on my mind". So there really was something for everyone. 

Luckily the temperature was a little lower than the Saturday, but ice creams were still very much a favourite cooling down treat.

London Met Brass will be playing again at the Great Fete so make a point of listening to their repertoire.



Beginners Tree Walk

Perhaps 2pm on a 30 degree plus day was a bit of a disincentive, so only 4 enthusiastic members joined our Beginners Tree Walk. 

This Summer Walk made use of the shade as Robyn led us around The Grove inspecting Hornbeams, Beech, Lime, Oak for example and explained some of ways of identifying all these tree species – by leaf shape, leaf feel, bark etc.. A very enjoyable walk and the participants finished it off with cool drinks in the garden – all in all a very pleasant afternoon.



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Warm weather for our bramble work this month, but we had the advantage of being joined by volunteers from TCV. 

With the growing wild flowers in the meadow, we tried to avoid too much disturbance to the newly growing vegetation. The work progress well as usual and we were to see that many butterflies chose to go with the name of the meadow and grace us with their prescence. We saw Green-veined White (picture), Meadow BrownLarge SkipperRingletPainted Lady (there has been quite an influence of these migrants this year), Marbled White (a first view for some) and Speckled Wood. Later in the day after the end of the session Comma, Small Heath, Small Skipper and Red Admiral were also seen.

Also seen were a few dragonflies, a female black-tailed skimmer and a male Emperor.

We are continuing to make a real difference to this area with continually increasing wild flowers and animals.

The pictures linked to were taken in the Butterfly Meadow, but all on the same day.



Barnet Band

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Another great performance by the Barnet Band. 

Tunes included medleys of the Beatles (Ob-la-di Ob-la-da, Hey Jude etc.) and songs from the Sound of Music (Climb every mountain, I am 16 going on 17 and the Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music. 

It was extremely pleasant to just lie on the grass and let the music sink in and the weather played its part as well with warmth and a little sunshine to give us all a proper summery feel.

People sat around and kids danced to the notes flowing from under the trees.

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More pictures from the performance here.









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The Friends had their regular stall at the Palace Gates Fete in June. This year we set up a little Xplorer trail around the triangle which gave kids a trail to follow around the stalls. It went very well. There was a lot for them to do around the Fete with mask making, shove halfpenny, a water game plus plus.

We also signed up some new members to keep over membership over 300.

Some of the adult visitors tested their skill with a little tree identification quiz as well.

A successful afternoon... More pictures from the fete here.



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Awful weather over the last few days and and gentle drizzle for the time of the walk itself so no surprise that we were just three.

Had a look to see what could be seen from the Rose Garden. Broadwater Farm and buildings in Stratford were all visible with the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking dominant to the East from the top of the steps.

We moved up to the terrace to get a good look at the protected view of St. Pauls. For all of these buildings, we were very lucky to have Tony with us who brought his Scope (birdwatching
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telescope).

We could see lots of progress on the various new builds visible at Tottenham Hale and on Seven Sisters road with the Altitude development by Hornsey Station looking quite complete.

Woodberry Down buildings stand out by the new wetlands area and we spotted the buildings in the Stratford area.

Poor visibility made the Canary Wharf area look dull in the gloom. 

We continued the tour of the horizon with the new buildings in the City and the Elephant and Castle area.

Visible on the horizon to the left of the city was the new City North construction going up in Finsbury Park.

Other sights seen were the London Eye and the Royal London Hospital.

Looking closer to home it is very difficult to spot Crouch End Clock Tower, but thanks again to the Scope...

We all adjourned to the Phoenix to warm up and escape the weather surrounded by Madonna fans ready for here interview in the Theatre.

DISCLAIMER All the pictures were taken the following evening.



The Conservation Volunteers

June 2019

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TCV worked this month with the Friends group in the Butterfly Meadow with a specific job of removing encroaching brambles from the bottom of the field.

The warm weather was a pleasant for the work party this month, but after a while of energetically removing brambles it did cause a little tiredness, luckily the shade at the bottom of the meadow did help.

Good progress along the whole bottom section of the meadow leaving the area free for the soft grasses and wild flowers to continue to progress.



The next conservation session in the Park will be on Wednesday, 24th July. Meet at 10am. To book or for more information contact David Allen the new BAT East Project Officer, email david.allen@tcv.org.uk or call on Tel: 07917 267 573.









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