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.
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.
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: email@example.com
Conservation Work in The Grove
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art in the Park
Winter Tree Walk
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: email@example.com
Moss and Liverwort Walk
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
First Wild Flower walk of the year. Details to follow.
RECENT EVENTS IN THE PARK
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.
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!
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.