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:

  • Opening the Park Visitor Centre, where you can find leaflets, chat to volunteers and find activities for children.

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.

Nature Members' Walk

Thursday 11th August 6:45pm to 7:45pm

A nature inspired ramble for an hour in the park where we will look focus on the Blandford Hall Area with veteran oaks nearby and (relatively) new sprouting trees in the part where the building used to be up to 1971. Other oddities include a well-hidden yucca plant (pictured). We will keep an ear out for sparrowhawks which nest in the area and check out flowers on the sunny edges and glades.

Swingbusters music in The Grove

Sunday 14th August 2pm to 4pm

The Swing Busters they have been swinging through North London playing lively entertaining sets in a number of Pubs and at various functions.

Tony’s Saxophone will caress the loveliest of melodies out of the ether and is always supremely complemented by Steve’s toe-tapping rhythm guitar. Together, their harmony singing invokes the classic brother duets of early country music, whilst staying faithful to the great American Songbook era of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. It’s a combination not to be missed – and if you’re lucky enough to catch them, you may even witness them delving into their bag of tricks – and pulling out an 8-string guitar (oh alright, it’s a mandolin!) as well as the seldom heard and much missed Can-o-phone.

Rick Hayter and Friends music in The Grove

Sunday 21st August 2pm to 4pm

Folk and Roots inspired original songs.

Art in the Park Group

Thursday 25th August from 10:00am to 11:30am

An opportunity for park lovers to join others in a relaxed and friendly group, to enjoy time spent outdoors, observing nature through drawing, painting or photography. Bring something to sit on and your own materials (though some basics are provided).

The group is free and open to all, whatever your level. Watch out for an email with all the details to book in advance. If you’d like to find out more, please email allyparkn10@gmail.com.

This picture is artist Carleen de Souza painting a mural on the Palace..... (unrelated, but art!)


Conservation Work Party


Thursday 25th August from 10:00am to 12:30pm

Ringlets (picture left) may have already gone, but there should be plenty of wildlife still on display.

Workwise - probably mostly cutting back the blackberry leaders on the edges of the meadow. Please bring secateurs and gardening gloves if you have them, though we have spares to lend. No special skills needed.

Meet in the Anthill Meadow and bring your own refreshments.

London Metropolitan Brass Community Band in The Grove

Sunday 4th September 2pm to 4pm

A welcome return for the London Metropolitan Brass who have been entertaining us for the last 9 years.... Time to sit on the grass and enjoy the the music wafting over the grove - listen and try to identify all the tunes.

RECENT EVENTS IN THE PARK

Rob Thom Band in The Grove

A welcome first visit from the Rob Thom Band to entertain us folk style music. Most the music was written members of the band, but there was a Simon and Garfunkel cover.

Major question posed by the band was "What should the band be called?". The members of the band are Jo Giggs, Tom Poslett and Rob Thom. Several ideas came from the audience who were mostly crowded into the smaller areas of shade close to the band. Email us and we will pass on any ideas. An extract from one of the band's songs "Miss Kitty".

Although The Grove was closed, we had the well received attendance of an ice cream van.

More pictures from the afternoon.

Family Bug Hunt

Nice warm weather for Family Bug Hunt this year. Great to see lots of kids outside with nets waving......

Several butterflies where caught including Meadow Browns and a Common Blue. True bugs (insects with sucking mouthparts) also featured well with a couple of Sloe Bugs and a Leather Bug.

Roesel's Bush Crickets and Meadow Grasshopper were other insects found. Crickets have antenae longer than their bodies and grasshoppers antennae shorter than their bodies.

Sixteen spot and harlequin ladybirds were seen as well some small flies.

The biggest numbers found were spiders of all sizes with a crab spider where had been eating a honey bee and the star of the day, a Wasp Spider (pictured left).

All the insects were released back into the wild as close as possible to where they were found.

Link to a list of species seen on the day.

Conservation Work Party - July



The meadow, like the rest of the Park is in poor shape, though, with all this dry weather, and then the heatwave, last week, must have put huge stress on plants and wildlife - blackberries are very small this year. There was no birdsong, the grass was tinder dry but, despite that, there were lots of butterflies feeding on the remaining knapweed flowers, ragwort (which seems to have grown super tall this year) and spear thistle. There were large numbers of gatekeepers, a few meadow brown, a small copper and a speckled wood. There was also a very handsome, Jersey tiger moth (photo left by Tony Jakeman) and a six spot burnet moth.

Wildflower Walk - July

We focused on two main habitats. In the grassland near the Newland Road entrance we considered how grasses hold soil and store carbon, and we looked at grasses ranging from tall false oat grass to short perennial ryegrass. We also saw other plants such as lucerne, mugwort and ragwort and discussed some of their uses past and present. In the habitats that lie between the hedge around the Cricket Pitch and the Conservation area, we looked at plants ranging from the tiny duckweed on the surface of the ponds to the tall reed sweetgrass. We compared hogweed to cow parsley and also looked at the clusters of spores under a fern frond under a hand lens.

Butterfly Walk - July

Butterflies like sunshine, and luckily we had lots of it. Starting in the Upper Main Meadow, our walk leaders Dee Cullen and Gerry Rawcliffe helped us to spot meadow browns and small or Essex skippers (the latter have antenna tips that are entirely black).

In the Lower Main Meadow we saw a large skipper (more heavily marked than the other two) and then marbled whites, with their gliding flight. In the park there are large, small and green-veined whites, and we saw a large white, the least common of the three, in the Anthill Meadow.

We also saw speckled woods, which like coming down onto brambles, and a six-spot burnet moth. We had to look up once we were at Cricket Scrub Corner, for the very small purple hairstreaks and whiteletter hairstreaks, as they like oaks and ashes/elms, respectively, so those of us with binoculars were at an advantage!"

London Metropolitan Brass - June

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