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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.




Calendars!!!!

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Our 2019 calendar is now back from the printers and ready to adorn your wall or be wrapped up as an excellent local Christmas pressie.

Cost? £8.50 as always...

Who did the cover photo?

Julie Cunningham

How many are left?

We sold out (150) at Farmers Market and we re-ordered 50 of which there are about 8 left so be quick!

Where can you get one?

At the Ally Pally Parkrun 8:45am to 10am on 22nd December if stocks remain.

Park Visitor Centre  23rd December if stocks remain 11am to 1pm.

Doesn't work for you? Email us and we can arrange a local delivery. (C.O.D.) 






Friends Upcoming Events


Conservation Work Party

Tuesday, 22nd January 10am to 12:30pm

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Back for further progress in the Butterfly Meadow, also in November, we saw plenty of fungi, what will be on show nature-wise this month?

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: Everything, but the Ants

Wednesday, 23rd January 7:30pm for a 8pm prompt start

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You have probably seen references in our emails and newsletters to ‘the Butterfly Meadow’ which is the focus of our conservation work in the Park. Our aim is to improve the diversity of plants, and therefore insects, in the meadow. We have been working there for around 7 years, and over that time, Stephen Middleton has been taking pictures of the insect life seen there. This illustrated talk will show you a little of why the Butterfly Meadow is special.

While ant hills are the distinctive feature of the meadow, the ants will be left for another talk, but Stephen will show us his marvellous pictures of around 20 butterflies, plus moths, beetles and dragonflies that inhabit this area. He will also illustrate the rather unusual child-rearing practices of a bug!

Do join us to see a little of the natural world which lives, often unnoticed, in the park.

We will meet up for a drink and a chat from 7:30pm with the talk starting at 8pm promptly.






Friends' Recent Events



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Setting up the stall at the Farmers' Market, we regarded the weather anxiously as spits of rain appeared. Needless worry as it transpired.... ....the day proved sunnier and sunnier - a marked contrast to last year's snow.

With a healthy band of volunteers supported by the last of the mulled wine and mince pies, we set out our stall for selling our calendars and promoting the Friends.

We sold 5 calendars in the first half hour and continued at this rate selling out our remaining stock of calendars and more (49) by the end of the day. This is a first for us and we
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congratulated ourselves on a job well done. We were also very glad to welcome 2 new members and 2 others renewed membership.

One small point of dispute among the calendar sellers. Some were upset that being near the Giggly Pig stall made them hungry and others were vegetarian and.....

We have re-ordered 50 calendars for delivery by the end of the week - many of which have already been taken. So if you need a copy, please email us ASAP.





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The December Members' Walk was started in drizzle from the Park Visitor Centre (PVC) in The Grove. We looked at the new sparrow and butterfly boxes and examined the progress of the new hedge to protect the snowdrops opposite the PVC. 

Picture left is actually a nuthatch checking out the sparrow box.

Then we took a muddy detour into the Railway Field Orchard and admired Jenny's new signage telling visitors precisely what fruit had been planted in the orchard.

We saw a few wildflowers out including Dandelion, Daisy and Chickweed as well as Annual Meadow Grass.

Looking at a couple of dioecious trees (those that have separate male and female trees) - the yew and the holly we managed to find their red berries.

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Passing by Ciro's (The Grove Cafe) to admire flowering Rosemary, olives on the Olive Tree and flower buds on the Bay Tree we moved westwards before turning left at the top.

By the 345 playgroup we saw both flowering Ivy and Fatsia japonica (False Castor Oil plant) and noticed the flowers were very similar - they are in the same plant family.

A look at the newly discovered Strawberry trees with their heather-like flowers (left) seemed to encourage the heavens to open....

So after looking at a flowering Hebe, and mentioning her role as cup bearer to the gods before being supplanted by Ganymede, we retired to the PVC for well-deserved mulled wine and mince pies.

An enthusiastic social gathering of about 30 of us nearly polished off all the mince pies and left only the dregs of the mulled wine.

The Park Visitor Centre had been beautifully decorated by Frances and Jane and was much admired.





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Sandwiched between a couple of bad days, the sun came out for us again. This month, we planted some yellow rattle seeds. This is a partial parasite on grasses reducing their vigour and allowing more wild flowers to come through.

Others carried on with bramble removal with a final job being to prune the blackthorn on the edge of the meadow to encourage further growth and give more breeding sites for nesting birds.

Birds were not much in evidence apart from a glance of a
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kestrel, crows overhead and a robin benefiting for the turning over of the soil.

Only one wild flower was flowering - knapweed, but we did see several different types of fungi including Bay Bolete (left) and Glistening Inkcap

The Conservation Volunteers

October 2018

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The plan was to cut back some of the bramble above the Lower Path promoting biodiversity. An initial problem was the fences up for the Fireworks the following weekend. Luckily Tom came equipped and we temporarily breached the barrier.

We cut back the bramble in a series of (mostly) semi-circular arcs. A wood blewitt fungus was discovered deeply buried under the bramble.

Sunshine helped the cause and work behind the barrier proceeded at a good pace.

(The fence was resealed after the work.)

The next conservation session in the Park will be on Wednesday, 28th November. Meet at 10am. To book or for more information contact Tom Nandi our BAT East Project Officer, email t.nandi@tcv.org.ukor call on Tel: 07917 267 573.













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