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.

Become a Friend here - buy our book "A History Of Alexandra Park" in our shop

Our normal activities include:

For an impressive 15th time, Alexandra Park has been awarded a Green Flag Award. We are also proud recipients of a Green Heritage Award. Congratulations are due to all employees, contractors and volunteers who helped make this possible.

All the winners here.

Litter Pick


Saturday 18th February from 10:00am to Noon 

Our annual deep clean litter pick. This is our chance to winkle the litter out of hard-to-reach places before the leaves appear. Please wear clothes and footwear that can cope with mud and brambles.

Meet at the Pétanque Court on the Lower Road - for more information, please email: allyparkn10@gmail.com

Conservation Work in The Grove


Tuesday 21st February from 10:00am to 12:30pm 

No special skills required; enjoy exercise, plenty of fresh air and good conversation. Please bring gloves. We’ll be reducing hollies and releasing shrubs from bramble encroachment again. Refreshments will be provided – hot apple juice and biscuits. Meet at the Park Visitor Centre - for more information, please email: allyparkn10@gmail.com


Art in the Park


Thursday 23rd February from 10:00am to 11:30am

Monthly informal meet ups for anyone who would like to spend time enjoying looking closer at nature and making new friends.

Do you fancy getting more creative in the new year? Spending more time relaxing in the park through the seasons? Our monthly Art in the Park group, hosted by local artist Katy Fattuhi, is open to anyone who would like to join. We have people who sketch, paint and photograph. No experience is necessary, but

 To quote one of the group: 'What could be nicer than sitting in a gorgeous place, in sunshine, drawing with such lovely companions!'

Sessions are free, but you do need to book a place and ideally bring along some materials and something to sit on (if this is not possible please speak to Katy as basics can be provided).

Each month we meet in a different part of the park and enjoy noticing what is happening in nature at that time of year. Look out for future dates on the monthly Newsletter.

If you would like to find out more about the sessions or book a place for Thursday please email allyparkn10@gmail.com  

Winter Tree Walk


Saturday 25th February from 11:00am to 12:15pm 

Few trees are in leaf in late February, but a tree’s bark, shape and buds can be used for identification instead. (Note that there will be a follow-up walk, following a similar route, in late April – in two short months everything will have changed dramatically.)

Meet at the Park Visitor Centre.  - for more information, please email: allyparkn10@gmail.com 

Moss and Liverwort Walk


Saturday 4th March from 10:30am to Noon 

Professor Jeff Duckett will leading a bryophyte walk to look at the mosses and liverworts in the park. Meeting place and booking details to follow.

Early Spring Wildflower Walk


Saturday 18th March from 11:00am to 12:30pm 

First Wild Flower walk of the year. Details to follow.

RECENT EVENTS IN THE PARK 

Big Garden Birdwatch: 29th January

A cold, but successful day for the Big Garden Birdwatch including a walk led by Bob Husband of the RSPB London NW Group.


The group from RSPB were very pleased to see 2 peregrines on the BBC mast, but probably their highlight as well for other locals was to see two firecrests in the Blandford Hall Area - we were led there by local bird expert Marcus. We also had excellent views of a kestrel flying just over our heads below the Rose Garden. Nothing rare on the Boating Lake; we had tufted ducks together with shovelers, mallards and pochards. Greylag and Canada geese, moorhens and coots and a highlight for the locals was to see a mute swan. The swan had been ringed follow this link for some details.


Some of the other notable spots included redwings and jays. We also heard nuthatch, stock dove and great spotted woodpeckers.


Some more pictures from the day.


Fuller report (with numbers!) from RSPB NW London Group can be read here.

Art in the Park: 26th January

Finally, the group regulars managed a regular group session! Some unexpected drizzle almost spoilt the fun initially, but after that we all enjoyed a bit of wintry, grey, peaceful time observing the bare tree forms on the South Slope. We’ll admit fingers were getting cold as the hour drew to a close but we agreed that, so long as you have your layers on, drawing outside in January is actually very enjoyable. 

Marvellous Moths: 25th January

Committee member Gerry Rawcliffe relaunched our evening talks after the Covid interruption. He set out to convince a well-attended meeting that moths are superior to butterflies from just about every perspective. Moths can be bigger (the death’s-head moth has a wingspan of 13 cm); brighter (such as the narrow-bordered five-spot burnet pictured); more bizarre (the caterpillar of the lobster moth is worth googling); and more diverse in terms of sizes and shapes. Gerry also gave an overview of how to study and record these fascinating creatures and presented the relatively little we know of the park’s moths: the list stands at 253, a mere 10% of the total British list of just over 2,500! 

Conservation Work in The Grove: 19th January

We managed a really good morning’s work removing thick, thorny, woody old bramble leaders from the shrubs and trees at the edge of the grassy area near the Grove Café (with committee member Robyn’s red hat visible in the shrubbery). Untangling and pulling out the bramble leaders was hard work and a challenge, but once done the greenness of the shrubs was revealed. Half of a pollarded holly went, too, all to allow more light into the area behind and therefore encourage grass and flowers to grow. What made the morning was working hard as a team, in a sunny spot, on a crisply cold winter’s day, the twitter of birds all around us – all very purposeful, pleasant and convivial.

    While we were in the Grove, two oaks at the entrance to the Anthill Meadow were being crown reduced, to allow more sunlight onto the meadow, all the better for wildflowers to grow and yellow field ants and other insects to flourish. 

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